[AMP-L] Book Writing
rdstevens at enter.net
Fri Jun 13 13:46:22 PDT 2008
We might be in somewhat the same boat. You're being encouraged to finish writing your book. Yeah, it's painful to relive some of the experiences. But Kathy Spozio's point is well taken - might the effort be valuable for someone new to ampdom? And, if you have book-writing abilities, it might be something to think about.
8 years ago, when I was in the midst of my "medical adventures", my surgeon suggested I write a book. He cited a book entitled "Surgeon Under the Knife", a surgeon's experience being on the receiving end of surgery and medical procedures, etc. Since I am a pastor, he suggested writing from that perspective - a "Pastor Under the Knife" sort of book.
Well, I was too busy living the "medical adventures" and living life in general (still working as a pastor), to write a book. And I wondered, just how many people would be interested in my musings to warrant marketing a book. (There needs to be a certain number of potential readers to sell books, right?)
Now that I am retired, I may have some time to try some writing. I need to consider if there is any interest in such a book. Now, I am interested in the adventures of some amputees who are rather remarkable in their adventures and accomplishments. You'll recognize such names as Sarah Reinerstsen, Cameron Clapp, Warren MacDonald, folks with extraordinary accomplishments. Surely THEY make for interesting reading. What about us ordinary folks who live rather UNextraordinary lives? -Just going about ordinary living?
Of course, is any of us amputees structly-speaking, just "ordinary"? Do we not share an array of experiences that non-amputees are unaware of? And, can these be written about in a way that could benefit others? Not only new anputees, but those who live with us amps, and those (professionals) who serve us.
Well, folks ...... something to think about, eh?
Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA
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