Throughout my life I’ve been given signs, I realized really quickly that those signs don’t always come with bright lights and glamour. Sometimes, for me it’s been more like a quiet voice whispering in my ear and saying…”It’s time to believe in yourself, it’s your time to shine–it’s time to begin something new.”
When I was approached about possibly writing a book, I was opposed to the idea. My life has been so private, I felt I had nothing to offer of any value. The fear was much bigger than my faith at many times in my life. I didn’t think I could finish a book, go through cancer treatments, balance family life a job and physically have the strength to finish it.
Once I made the decision to go forward with the book, I was committed but advised it was going to take years to get done–at the time I had no idea I would be facing 36 surgeries before the book was finally finished. Upon being advised the book had gone public on Amazon and other websites, an overwhelming and frightful feeling came over me knowing my life would be exposed, but sincerely feel if I can help just one person to take control of their life and live their dreams I have done my job. I have no regrets in life, I live fully in the moment and enjoy the spontinaety of adventuring out into a world I have never adventured into.
I was asked by the publisher of I CAN-CER Vive to fly into New York City and present my story to a panel of 7 movie producers. With much hesitation I agreed to pitch my story for a movie. Frenchie and I will be going to New York in May for this heart pounding event.
My fear became even more real as reviews of I CAN-CER Vive have been coming in. Today I received the first of the negative views–I knew this would happen, I am not a writer and there were so many grammar errors not caught while in editing. One particularly disturbing review came from a well known critic who said:
Williams’ moving story is sadly overshadowed by poor writing, including clunky transitions, excessive clichés, and spelling errors. Such distractions make it difficult to focus on the memoir’s raw emotion. When she tells of being crushed by the news that her cancer has spread, for instance, her language—“dang you, cancer”—doesn’t seem to adequately convey her anger and distress. Furthermore, her tendency to explain the emotional significance of each scene robs readers of the ability to experience the story by witnessing people’s actions, thoughts, senses, and feelings as they happen and make their own judgments. That said, one can’t deny that Williams’ story, as a survivor of cancer and abuse, is an important one to tell, and her determination to “live happy,” no matter the circumstances, is truly empowering.
An undeniably inspiring but poorly executed memoir.
The thing is, I want real, honest reviews it just stings a little bit to hear. I will never write another book, this was extremely exhausting and I did the best I could with no background in writing or editing, I wanted the story to unfold as I felt was real as possible. I’m learning a lot–in my audio recording those errors will be caught-highlited and hopefully the next print will have all those excessive errors corrected. Until then I take in these negative reviews as learning experiences to improve my writing skills.