“A world without stories would be painfully lost.”
When I was nine years-old, I was sure I’d be a math teacher. That lasted until I got to middle school, where I realized that that wasn’t in the numbers for me. From there, I fantasized about being an actress. The idea of playing and exploring different characters was intriguing to me. That lasted until high school, where I realized that sticking to a script wasn’t my thing—I wanted to take the characters on their own journeys and adventures. But somewhere between high school and the days of college graduation, I got lost in the pressures of reality. It wasn’t until I took a step back to evaluate my life when I realized I wanted to embrace my true self. To go back to the days of a six year-old kid who hid under a desk, writing about life in a little blue and pink journal. I couldn’t believe it took me so long to fall back into my happy place. Yet, I wouldn’t have had it any other way, because if after twenty years of exploring life, I still ached to create stories, then it must be true love.
I began June 9th on 6/9/2014 because it was time. Time for me to write a story I was forgetting to remember. Remember the depths of what it meant to feel and capture life. Life as I knew it felt like it was slipping away from me, yet eating me alive.
Emha Goliesh is represented by INCLUDAS Publishing, which is all about bringing inclusiveness and diversity into the book world by serving authors and illustrators with a vast range of abilities, and fictional characters with disabilities–from children’s books to romance novels to mystery stories.
WRITING TIPS FROM EMHA
- write what you want to write; it’s your own story and you should focus on what you wish to express and create
- write everything down, even if it sounds odd or weird; some of my great ideas and themes have come from items I almost discarded, yet, don’t be afraid to delete things that don’t fit (I saved what I discarded to be used for future books)
- create a writing system and structure that fits best with you; I wrote in a random format–sometimes linear, sometimes abstract, sometimes backwards
- understand the genre you are writing for and why people read that genre; each genre is meant to create a certain experience and/or feeling for a reader
- don’t mix your editing together; I never focus on proofreading when I am working through developing the flow of the story because there are different layers to editing and meshing them together can become overwhelming and messy
- as you edit/rewrite your story, make sure you are falling in love with the story harder and deeper each time, not out of love with the story because you’re annoyed by the process
- know the difference between ‘I want to write to write’ and ‘I want to write to publish’; I love to write what I want in a way that I love, but I also think about respecting a reader’s time by making a story engaging and strong
- create tension, utilize the senses, only write what is necessary to deepen or move the story further, what is the story outside of the story?, the reader should be on a journey alongside the character, let the reader touch your world with a beating heart
a beautiful story; a story of beauty; beauty within a story