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DIY MFA BookClub
12. Prompt: What was your zero moment?
As I understand it, according to the book DIY MFA, a zero moment is when you go from wanting and planning to do something to actually doing it. Zero is where you start. You have zero followers, zero fans, zero content. You start at zero and build from there. You're free to just create with little or no expectation from others.
My zero moment was sometime in 2005. I went in to my office after clearing up the kitchen, put the TV remote in a drawer and opened a new document on my computer. This is when I started writing seriously. I didn't let the fact that I didn't know a whole lot about writing fiction stop me. I had stories to tell. I didn't stop to study the craft of writing fiction. I just wrote. For a year. I completed one novel and started three more.
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At this point I learned how long it can take to get published traditionally. Since I was already 55, I didn't want to spend my golden years waiting for "the call". I studied self-publishing. Since my day job was as a graphic artist I felt I had production and cover design covered, so I looked for an editor.
In 2012 I published my first novel. I published my second novel in 2013. In 2014 I edited and produced a memoir written by Alec Noble. In 2015 I published my mother's memoir of the family's 200 mile hike on The John Muir Trail in 1959. My mom was 93 at the time of publication and it was a proud moment for her. It was probably the best gift I'd ever given her. She died two years later at 95.
From 2015 until the present I concentrated on making my mother's last years comfortable, and since her death, redefining my own future. Joining the DIY MFA BookClub is my new zero moment. I want to go back to that first year where all I did was write. I have several nearly manuscripts that want to be freed and let out in to the world.
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