Looking Within: A Memoir – Overview

Credit: Oprah.com
Credit: Oprah.com

I am towards the end of finishing up my book proposal and it has been quite the experience! Writing the overview has helped me focus more and get a better feel for what I am trying to convey here. Being that it is a memoir, an outline would not be necessary , but the overview (that I am about to share), I think, served the purpose of the outline  and made my writing easier to work with. 

Here is the overview of my memoir: Looking Within: A Memoir.

 

 Overview

The manuscript will be divided into 4 parts.

1. Part I: The Meeting And Marriage. Many women are in enamored with the idea of getting married and living happily ever after. I was one of them. Shortly after meeting my ex-husband, we were married. While I was married, I was second in my life as he was the center of my universe. Needless to say, the honeymoon didn’t last as reality set in and love and nurturance became absent in our marriage. Problems ensued and a separation seemed imminent.

 A chapter will be devoted to this first part.

2. Part II. Emotional Healing. Shortly after the problems began, I withdrew emotionally and sought individual counseling. Slowly, I began to heal emotionally and I eventually I separated from him. All alone, I began to nurture my spirit as best I could. Soul searching and a return to my passions of learning, traveling, running, and writing became part of my recovery. This emotional healing part encompasses four sections that include emotional detachment, the separation, self-nurturance, and more changes that were in store for me.

A chapter will be devoted to each of the sections in part two.

3.  Part III. Spiritual Healing. Spiritual healing eventually replaced my emotional healing. Changes in my beliefs and a series of unexplained events began happening to me such as moments of peace and an increase in intuitive abilities. As I began to awaken spiritually, I began to understand that my problems were mere illusions. In time, I began to practice spiritual principles of compassion, kindness, patience, and gratitude, among others , and I simply became happier.

   A chapter will be devoted to each of the sections listed in part three.

4. Part IV. My Purpose in Life. I started to live in the present moment and the consistent peace that I longed for, as well as happy life, awaited me. After endless questioning, I found both my inner and outer purpose. I began to co-create my life as I intended it to be and found joy and miracles in my everyday life.

 A chapter will be devoted to this section in this part.

I’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

What’s in a Book Title?

ImageApparently everything. I am down to about the last two weeks to submit my book proposal and I am still without a book title. How important is it you say? Well, it will be one of the first words that the publishers will be reading when they review my book proposal. So yes, it is extremely important! At the same time, I have also heard that publishers will often change the book title if it is not compelling enough. But being that this is a competition, I feel that I must get this part just right. I’ve thought about some titles, but none of them really are attention getters in my opinion.  I have had dreams where I have seen my title with a subtitle. I know that much. 

Here are the book chapter titles, the chapter quotes, and the book titles that I came up with too. 

Chapter 1: In the beginning…

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” ~Jane Austen

 

Chapter 2: Emotional Detachment

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” ~Winston Churchill

 

Chapter 3: On my own again… The Separation

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Chapter 4: Nurturing my Spirit ~ A Well Deserved Break

“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~Dale Carnegie

 

Chapter 5: More Changes: Going Back to School – August 2009

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell

 

Chapter 6: Back home and the ‘Bumps’ in the Road

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents, and I lay them both at His feet.” ~ Gandhi

 

Chapter 7: Kindness and Compassion- A Semester with Adults

“Our main goal is to help others. If you cannot help them, then at least resist from hurting them.” ~Dalai Lama

 

Chapter 8:  Gratitude and Patience – The High School Year

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” ~ St. Francis

 

Chapter 9:  A Happy Heart of My Own

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” ~ Democritus

 

Chapter 10: Coming Into my Own

“Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.”

~Nathaniel Hawthorne

1. Memoirs of One Lucky Girl – (It’s been such a long time that I forgot the subtitle. And, I wasn’t really feeling it.)

2. Let It Be: A Memoir – (I obviously copied the title from the Beatles’ Song.)

And the last one is –

3. Coming Into My Own: My Journey from Emotional Healing to Spiritual Healing (I’m not feeling this one either and it is the title of the last chapter.)

A friend of mine once told me that I should think about including the world love in the title and I’ve yet to do that too, but it’ll be something else I’ll be doing this week. 

If you get any ideas that come to you about my book, I’d love to hear them. 🙂 

I’ll be posting the chapter summaries very soon. Stay tuned…

Have A Beautiful Day! 

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

On Writing My Book Proposal

                                

ImageI have about one month to submit my book proposal to Hay House Publishing for a chance to win a $10,000 advance and to have my book published with Hay House (www.hayhouse.com/event_details.php?event_id=1510). I am excited, anxious, and even patient. But one thing that I am not is stressed.  A few years ago, I probably would have been crying by now as I have so much on my plate. I teach in the day and I am a writer by night. You think I would be completely overwhelmed and I am not. Thank God.

No doubt, I feel like I am in school again. It feels as though I am writing my comps paper, but only this time it’s for my passion and dream. I am not only leaning a lot, but I am also enjoying the process. The challenging part of the book proposal has to be the editing of the chapter or chapters to be submitted as it is quite extensive. I have this month to fine-tune this book proposal and I intend to do just that!

Writing a book itself is not difficult. By no means is it a walk in the park either; it is a lot of work. But, all you need is time, the commitment, and discipline to write every day. If you ever thought about writing a book, then today would be a good day to start! Everyone has a story, what’s yours? Also, if you have started to write a book and you are ready to write a book proposal, you can take a look at Mychael Hyatt’s ebook: Writing a Winning Non- Fiction Book Proposal. It’s an excellent source for writing a book proposal. You can find it at http://store.michaelhyatt.com/writing-a-winning-non-fiction-book-proposal-e-book-by-michael-hyatt.

 

Happy Writing!