A Would-Be Writer’s Story

Larry Paz of Soar Without Limits when he contributed to my first flash fictionanthology Baby Shoes. We’ve since become friends and take turns giving one another advice about writing and life. This is a guest blog post he sent my way.

I want to tell you a story about a man who, four years ago, dreamed of becoming an author. I knew what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I’m a semi-retired (semi because I can’t make myself stop working) businessman, educator, and consultant.

Then I found Jason’s book The 9 Habits of Highly Profitable Writing on Amazon. I read several other books like his, but for some reason I still wasn’t motivated. I know that nobody can motivate me except myself, but Jason’s book was encouraging. When I brazenly asked him to mentor me, he agreed! He encouraged me to try, so I did.

But still I stalled.

Then, still the mentor, Jason sent me a copy of his book Mastering the Business of Writing. Of course I read it. This one steered me in a different direction. It spoke in a language this businessman understood. Following this roadmap, I decided that my skills and temperament were best suited to editing. My wife is a superb proofreader. I love to read other peoples’ work and see if I can help them tell their story in their own voice. Therefore, I set up the Soar Without Limits Media and Learning Center. It’s a dream in progress. The mainstay is my editorial business. Currently I’m up on Thumbtack, Writers’ Works, and Upwork looking for further opportunities.

I haven’t given up on writing. I’m fortunate to have Michael Piazza as a faithful and talented writing partner. He creates moving dialog from my narrative.

In addition to my editorial services, I am using my book Soar Without Limits as a foundation for associated blogs and webinar courses. Now I can add Author and Editor to my resume. I’m having fun, and isn’t that what really counts?

Are you ready to have fun?

Start writing.

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