I began writing this memoir less than a week ago and I already have almost 20,000 words. That’s between a third and halfway to my goal. Though I started writing this recently, it’s something I’ve been contemplating for a while in my head. I used to always have trouble writing in a journal. It made me […]
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I began writing this memoir less than a week ago and I already have almost 20,000 words. That’s between a third and halfway to my goal. Though I started writing this recently, it’s something I’ve been contemplating for a while in my head. I used to always have trouble writing in a journal. It made me feel stupid, wondering why I was writing things down when the thoughts were already in my head. When no one else was ever going to read it. Now though, I see the value in writing. I’ve spoken at several events about my experience with mental health and though it’s difficult, it’s worth it. I know that sharing my story through words will be worth it too. Writing this memoir will allow for the story to reach even more people and give you a better look into my thoughts.

Please note that I won’t be leaving anything out. I will share my darkest times in detail, wanting you to understand to an extent what it feels like to be depressed and socially anxious. I in no way want to trigger anyone, and there will be a warning in the book, but I want to stay true to myself.

I’ve already decided I’m going to self-publish this book rather than look for a publisher. I want to keep complete control of this project, from what I write to how the cover looks. Since I’m taking this route, it will be much faster to publish. I’m expecting it to be complete and in your hands by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Please join the email list so that you’ll be aware of when the book will be available for preorder, when it will actually be published, and also how you can get a copy in advance!

Love always,

Michelle

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