Sunday, April 3, 2011

1st Paragraph of my book



Today I thought I'd post the first paragraph of my book, My Year of Living Manifest-fully. To be honest, I'm proud of this paragraph. I have a friend who laughs at me (in a good way) because I happen to be in love with my writing. Perhaps I should feel no shame in this. So with love, here's my first paragraph. I have several more... and more to write... Enjoy and if you feel like sharing your thoughts, that's always appreciated :)

Here's the excerpt:

"I begin my story at a place where perhaps a lot of people land. We think the world is against us, not knowing that the place we’re trapped in comes from what we’ve created. The spot becomes clearer when we’ve moved away from it, like a stain on a pillow. While in it, it’s hard to see. I inhabited a very dark spot. This black, cramped area felt like I was imprisoned or in a mental institution but I was at my job, dying, with my soul bursting to escape. No one could have guessed, with my easy smile and rosy cheeks that as I took a walk during lunch, next to the bustling traffic on a busy road, I wondered how it would feel to let go and fall in the middle of the rushing cars. It took all my strength not to let go and find out."

6 comments:

Madabip said...

Jen: It's a powerful opener. Very grateful that you're here and writing about your agony; I'm sure it's cathartic. When your book is done I'm certain it will help others who struggle with life.

So glad to know you and your courage.

goawaycomeback said...

I love your first paragraph and I am definitely looking forward to reading more!! :)

Jen Pearlman said...

Thanks Donna & Karen!! Means a lot to me that I have such supportive people in my world!! Jen

Andrea said...

Quite intense! This person seems on the verge of ending it all by falling between the rushing cars or creating (manifesting) a better life. Fromthe title I am guessing it's the latter. Can't wait to find out how she comes out of this black space!

Helen E. said...

I like several of the lines in this paragraph. I think they're not only relatable, but very vivid. Look forward to reading more excerpts!

it's that mykle! said...

whoa... no I had no idea. I knew you were sad and unhappy but I didn't know about your thoughts during walks. You are amazing Jenn and it takes great courage to show it all. The opening is FABULOUS!