Of Inner Muses, Boxes, and Preserving Who We Are…

“…For two years I tried fitting into a box and I almost lost myself. I finally decided that I’m good enough. …”

“…Perhaps I’m weird. But I have never tried to sell my work [to a commercial publisher] I have never tried to get a [book] deal since I’ve been writing. I’ve had people to say, ‘If you do this, this and this, I can tell this one. I’ve thanked them, but I’m guided by my inner muse. If that is going to happen [commercial contract come my way] then it will happen. I’m on a different path. I can’t define it any better than that.”

Angelia Menchan, author of  Ramblings,” Schae’s Story,” Is No Not Clear Enough for You?“,Mrs. Black?”, and publisher of the anthology, Women’s Writes,

Visit Angelia’s blogs, Angelia Vernon Menchan, Write or Die Woman, and Angel08.How many of us have the strength to craft a story in the early stages without concern of an audience or who will read it, rather to lose ourselves in the process of getting the words on the page, remain committed to painting the mosaic of our words on the blank screen or blank notebook?

This is not to say that identifying a target audience to whom we will promote and market our work.

But the absence of a well-developed product target makes moot the discussion of an audience.

Often in writing, as with many arts, we do as the old folks say, put the cart before the horse.

While book covers and methods for creating a buzz, gaining the attention of readers requires our attention and holds a central importance in getting our writings into the hands of readers, many novice and more experienced writer/authors and publishers forget that what we offer readers is two fundamental things: entertainment and knowledge.

The Internet marketing class in which I am presently participating emphasizes that people come to the Internet seeking one of 2, things, if not both.

They want information and entertainment. One teacher puts it more bluntly.

People log onto and surf the Internet to either gain entertainment and/or information, and/or to stop the pain.

Accessing both, or either entertainment, or information can and does often alleviate pain.

During Saturday’s interview of Angelia, she stated of her blogs and writing, “My blog is something that just happened. …My writing is a form of therapy and a ministry.”

Angelia novels and stories certainly provide an escape for the readers.

But also like her blogs they offer information that not unlike what mentors share with those they are coaching and facilitating to find their path of joy and passion.

Angelia writing on the 3 blog/websites she maintains serve as perfect promotion and marketing opportunities that allow and enable her to discover and delineate those who want to hear what she has to say–i.e. her target audience.

Passion.

Joy.

Giving.

Healing.

These words, and more describe Angelia’s work.

And yet the bedrock of all that she does and provides lies in her writing–writing that she has never consciously sough to promote through seeking the interest of a literary agent or commercial publisher.

Is she mad?

Or perhaps ahead of her time?

I go with the latter.

She’s certainly mentoring me.

We don’t always have to lose ourselves to discover our identity.

Sometimes we have to accept, and embrace what is present.

In this way we preserve the gift of who we are.


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9 Responses to “Of Inner Muses, Boxes, and Preserving Who We Are…”

  1. angelia Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Anjuelle~
    I cannot express how what you wrote touches me this morning, have been struggling to make decisions about and upcoming book and my words through you is the balm I needed…BLESS YOU~

    angelia

  2. Anjuelle Floyd Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I’m glad you’re enjoying this, because I sure am having fun.

    Thanks so much.

  3. Dyanne Davis Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Good morning to both of you, Angelia and Anjuelle.

    The hardest thing for a person to do it seems is what’s best for them. Congrats on doing what’s best for you.

  4. 'cilla Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Angelia also offers wisdom that is learned in ones own pace, acceptance of oneself, self discovery and that “AHa” moment of realization… Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. angelia Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Thanks LUV~

    angel

  6. Anjuelle Floyd Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.
    So often we are we are our own worst enemy.
    Hopefully by supporting each other we can ease away from this insidious and habit.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

  7. angelia Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks Dyanne,
    I used to find it stubbornness that made me dance to my own music, surely, my elders thought so…however I have come to accept that, that is pretty much how I am to best progress~

    Bless YOU all~
    angelai

  8. Anjuelle Floyd Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    You are quite welcome.
    It has truly been fun and great learning writing about you and exploring your axioms.

  9. Anjuelle Floyd Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I think the ideal experience we can undergo when growing older is accepting who we are, embracing our little quirks and seeing than gifts of strength that have seen us through.

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