I don't know how this happened, but I'm almost finished writing my third book.
I do know how it happened. My life went sideways last year.
And the only way I could make sense of where I found myself--so far off the intended course of my life--was to take a hard look at one of the things that had led me there. I took my heart out and observed its wet red thump; I wrote a lot of poetry.
I'm not sure I would recommend this approach to completing a manuscript.
What I do recommend wholeheartedly is the VMI program and my mentor Betsy Warland in particular. If your life does get tangential, and you take to writing as a form of self-therapy, she can help you turn the soul-search into something less like a sad diary and more like art.
I was delighted to be in the company of the other talented VMI graduates earlier this month as we read and shared our work with an audience at the Havana Theatre in East Vancouver. Here's a little video if you'd like to check it out too:
(Please excuse my clippy video editing. The whole presentation was well-documented and perfectly edited by Ian Cameron, but since it's my website, I'm only sharing the bits about me.)
Erin Bedford, writer.