Join the Ride
Posted on February 28, 2014
I’m writing a book.
Many of you were already aware, but a lot of you are new here. So, hi my name is Shakirah (yes, like the singer) and I’m writing a book. Over the last year my friends have spent a lengthy amount of time listening to me
complain talk about the writing process. The other day, one of my closest friends recommended that I blog about my experience.
While I wasn’t enthusiastic about the idea of flooding my blog–or your minds–with the gory details of what it takes to put a book together I did like her line of thinking. In fact, many of you have reached out and asked me questions about how I became a writer. Honestly, it’s quite difficult to share in an email or a passing on the street. That said, I’ve decided to open up my world to all of you who have any semblance of an interest in what it takes to make it as a first time author and budding public speaker. If that’s you (and you and you and you) then I’d like to invite you to follow me on Instragram, @Shakirah_Adianna.
Over the next few months I will be preparing my book proposal and manuscript (what your book is before it becomes a book) to submit to a publishing company in May. I’ll use my Instagram to document the journey. My account is locked, and I do plan to keep it that way, but if you send me a request and I determine you’re not spam and/or creepy then I’ll happily accept.
Not that I need to say this, but it’s worth mentioning: I love Jesus and everything I do is centered around glorifying Him; however, many of the amazing people within my online communities do not share in my faith. As we all engage whether through this blog, on Twitter or Instagram lets foster an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. Remember that we are called to be seasoned with salt; to be the light and to show Christ’s love to everyone. As such, I’m asking that no matter what your beliefs are please be respectful of others.
Finally, for those of you who are following me on Twitter and are interested in writing, I put together a Twitter list of great emerging writers. They, quite often, share invaluable resources on becoming a better writer. I encourage you to subscribe to the list, which can be found here. I will be updating it frequently.
I hope that you guys will come along for the ride as I push to the finish line of submitting my first book proposal and manuscript.
And I would be remiss not to thank you guys for reading and supporting. It’s been a joy to connect with you guys through my gift.
Have a wonderful weekend!