I was done with “Address: House of Corrections.”
After writing my novel six years ago, indie publishing and bankrolling my own book tour, I was thrilled to sell a few hundred copies and gain a loyal tribe of readers who couldn’t wait for my next book.
Then, life happened. And as I struggled to keep my head above water, I did something that at first seems counterintuitive — I reached out to serve.
Now, I know on an airplane, the stewardess instructs you to put on your oxygen mask first before you help others. But the truth is I was feeling so powerless and unable to control the circumstances of my own life that the only thing that made it possible for me to breath was helping someone else.
That’s when I began volunteering with WriteGirl, a phenomenal mentoring and creative writing program for girls. Committed to go where I was needed most, I signed up to teach creative writing at an alternative school and detention camp for girls with a ride or die team of women writers.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to teach an incarcerated teenager how to write a haiku, but let’s say this… Some days, trying to reach those girls was grueling. Other days? Bliss. And all the moments in between — They taught me.
Fam, working with those girls and serving with the women who have become my life-long friends has made me a better human. And as a writer, I’ve grown in ways I never could have imagined.
That’s why I’m editing and republishing my novel as a trilogy, because I need to get it into the hands of teenage girls who are on the wrong path, but can still be reached.
This is my new mission for “Address: House of Corrections” — which as I said before I was done with. Turns out, though, it wasn’t done with me. 🙂
Make Believers, if you’re a new fan or long-term supporter/friend who has encouraged, loved or cheered me on as a writer over the years, I humbly make you this offer — If you pledge a monthly $2, $5, $10, $20 or more subscription to me on Patreon, I will share my process as a poet, screenwriter and author and provide tips and advice to help you on your own creative journey.
And, trust – I know money can get funny, so look out for my email when subscription pledges are processed at the first of the month reminding you to decrease or cancel your support if you need to.
Sound like a plan? Check out my mission here: https://www.patreon.com/monicemitchellsimms?ty=c