NaBloPoMo 23: Handing it Over

We all want our story heard, to make a lasting mark on the world (or at least our corner of it), to help others benefit from our experience. To that end, I’ve been writing a memoir off and on for the last five years (mostly off…). But I know that if I am going to put it out in the world, I need to put it out in the world.

It can be unnerving. Is it clear? Is it good? Does it make sense, and in the way I mean it to make sense? Is it a complete story? Is it worthy? Does it rise to the level of someone else, anyone else, really caring? Or has this been a five-year exercise in leaving something for my family? (Not a BAD thing!)

So right before I left for a Thanksgiving trip to visit my parents, I put it out in the world. I sent it to a coach for critique. I expected to be on edge, anxiously waiting. I’m not sure how much is trusting my coach, and how much is trusting my work, but I am eagerly moving on to projects that have been waiting in the wings for quite some time. So while I wait, exciting new things are on the horizon.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Sutherland
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 17:39:47

    dear lori,

    wow! what a huge step you’ve taken! i will be BELIEVING for all you are hoping for with the results of your coach’s critique. as for the trust – perhaps it’s both – trust in your coach AND in your writing. at any rate, i am very happy for you to be in such a good place, being brave in the decision to consult your coach, and excited about the other projects you can now turn your attention to.

    love, xoxo,

    karen, TC


  2. Susan
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 20:46:55

    Lori, just keep moving forward at your pace. I am so happy that you are getting to accomplish what you have mapped out for you. Hugs and XoXoXo-Susan


  3. Marie
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 21:41:41

    I am excited for you Lori x


  4. DrAttai
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 08:44:24

    I can’t wait to read it!


  5. Catherine
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 17:51:29

    Putting it out there is a huge challenge; I so admire you sending it out there to be reviewed. That takes guts! ~Catherine


  6. Beth Thompson
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 14:10:09

    As Tony Robbins says, If you want to take the island, you gotta burn the freaking boats. Congrats on bravely putting it out there and best of luck! Beth


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