Monday's class was all about learning how to hook our readers so that we leave them anticipating what will come next and leave them wanting more. There were alot of really good examples provided by the instructor and it forced me to go back and revisit my work. I spent months (literally) perfecting my hook for my query letter to agents, but did I spend just as much effort trying to hook my readers during the first chapter of my book? I admit that looking back this was something that I needed to work on. Already the revisions are shaping up nicely and I am much more confident in my first chapter than I was previously. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to attend such an informative class that allows me to take what I have learned and apply it to my work. In two weeks we will be sharing our first chapters to our classmates and I plan on spending much of my time trying to perfect what I have started. I am extremly nervous about verbally sharing what I have due to the taboo subject matter, but I feel that I need to show that I am willing to break the silence and take a stand against sexual abuse.
I have the privilege of being able to shape the minds and lives of children who are battling disabilities. It can be very trying at times, but more often than not it is very rewarding. As a mother of a child with a disability, I know the struggles that they go through on a daily basis. This allows me to have a little more compassion for the people that I work with.