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“In response to Coffee Challenge: This is my weekly newsletter.”
“But you said!” Zoe wailed.
What do you do with a stubborn five-year-old who doesn’t want to clean her room and still expects you to keep your word? Your guess is as good as mine. Zoe is the character from my children’s picture book, still in its infancy despite working with her for over a year. As she asserts her position as the author, I scramble to defend mine.
In January 2021, finishing Zoe’s story wasn’t my only issue—finding an audience interested in reading about her was equally important. So, I set to work to build a following on Medium. With zero experience writing creative fiction, I read, dabbled, and wrote, and due to my hard work, my readership currently nears 1,000.
As I crept closer to my goal of writing Zoe’s story, my mojo faltered when I learned Zoe was my alter-ego, and I didn’t have all the answers. Trouble started when I realized how could I get into my character’s mind and sort out her problem when I couldn’t solve mine?
I recognized how similar we were with my messy desk, a cluttered mind, and resistance to clean. Unfortunately, Zoe refused to budge, and as a result, my picture book remains on hold, but not so my writing creative fictional stories. I’m so grateful new followers continue to join the many who read, clap, comment and support my creative journey.
These are the kind souls who have joined my path of self-discovery to give Zoe more substance and to follow my dream. But truth be told, I’m no longer entirely clear about how my vision looks. So what once was to write a children’s picture book as part of my legacy, I now desire to write a fictional novel.
Have Zoe’s dreams flourished? Are we more than a duo with a messiness problem?
With my plans morphing from writing children’s literature to becoming a best-selling novelist, my desire to improve my writing skills became paramount. It’s not that an author doesn’t need the skill to write for children—quite the contrary. Still, if I’m to pen pages upon pages of words, I’d need to enhance my vocabulary, tighten my sentence structures, improve punctuation, and shorten my writing time.
What better way to become a skilled writer than to write through different mediums, such as creating a newsletter?
With a focus on unravelling Zoe’s story by revealing more of me, my newsletter, entitled Karen’s newsletter, focuses on the life of a personal essayist. Its emphasis is on inspirational sharing with readers in a way that inspires and motivates them through relatability and self-discovery.
While I initially planned on producing each newsletter once a month, to qualify for this Coffee Times challenge, I’ve created three newsletters on Substack in a matter of weeks. Since its inception on January 13, 2022, I’ve learned the beauty of the platform and am loving this new avenue to reach out to current and newfound friends who value what I have to say.
Sure, my newsletter could have a more refined niche if I wanted. For example, I could write about cooking, but few want to hear how to burn toast or boil water for macaroni or I could write about technology, an area I find is far out of my league. But life can get messy, which I know about, so this is the perfect niche for me.
A day in the life of a personal essayist is not bound to a genre--it can be dramatic, comedic, or tragic. In addition, the element of surprise has the power to invite, incite, and ignite conversation and thought.
As I navigate my way to becoming a bestselling author, I will get there with readers who read and support me through the highs and the lows—the trials and the tribulations—and loads of excitement.
Besides, my newsletter will never get boring because I have too much to say.
Readers, I wish you to subscribe to my newsletter, get the latest scoops, remain up to date on my writing endeavours, and share in the joy that you are supporting me, an aspiring writer.
This newsletter is the portal to my vision. Writing speaks to my heart, sweat, and soul, to which readership and fantasizing play a tremendous part. I know I will write that novel and complete my children’s picture book in time. I hope you’ll be there to join me.
Don’t miss out on my three newsletters published for your enjoyment.