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March 26, 2024

Stepping into Purpose: My Journey as a Ghostwriter.

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Have you ever wondered why someone might change careers later in their career?

Have you ever felt the urge to explore a new path after years of dedicated work in one field? Curious about the journey of someone transitioning from a career in therapy to becoming a ghostwriter?

After years of enriching experiences as a therapist, I’m venturing into a new realm—a world of writing—and let me tell you, I’m absolutely loving it! This is where I feel truly at home—penning my own stories and guiding others to craft theirs.

Starting Out

Have you ever heard of the Hero’s Journey? It’s not just something from the movies—it’s a powerful narrative structure that’s deeply woven into the fabric of our lives. As a writer, I’ve found that my own journey follows this timeless pattern, filled with ups, downs, and everything in between.

Act I: The Call to Adventure

It all began with a chance encounter—an unexpected twist of fate that would alter the course of my life forever. I was at a crossroads, torn between the familiar comforts of my private practice and the tantalizing allure of something new. As we were strategizing about building my private practice, he simply turned to me and casually said, “Mattie, you need to write.” Now, having experienced the loss of my first husband after 24 years of marriage, I’ve gained a unique perspective on life. I’ve come to understand that nothing is guaranteed, and tomorrow is never promised. Realizing that if I want something to change, it’s up to me, I decided to venture into ghostwriting. And let me tell you, it’s been an incredible journey so far!

Act II: Crossing the Threshold

With those words ringing in my ears, I embarked on a journey into the unknown. Writing had always been a passion of mine, but now it felt like more than just a hobby—it felt like a calling. With a mix of trepidation and excitement, I took my first steps into this brave new world, eager to see where this path would lead me.

Act III: The Road of Trials

As I delved deeper into the world of writing, I encountered my fair share of challenges. There were moments of self-doubt, days when the words refused to flow, and countless doubts and rejections along the way. But with each setback, I learned and I grew stronger and more resilient, determined to forge ahead and hold true to my vision for myself, my writing, my authors, and my company.

Act IV: Meeting Allies and Enemies

Along the way, I found myself surrounded by allies—businesswomen and mentors who I am grateful to call friends and fellow writers who offered support, encouragement, and invaluable advice. Their wisdom and cheerleading helped me navigate the ups and downs of the writing life, while their camaraderie reminded me that I was never alone on this journey. Of course, there were also detractors and skeptics, but their doubts only fueled my determination to prove them wrong.

Act V: The Ultimate Ordeal

At long last, I encountered the ultimate test—a defining moment where my writing abilities were put to the ultimate test. It was a pivotal moment, a chance to demonstrate to both myself and the world that I possessed the ability to craft compelling narratives that deeply resonated with readers. And you know what? I embraced the challenge, drawing upon my creative courage to see my vision through to fruition.

And I continue to face challenges and I continue to triumph. For me, success isn’t solely measured by being published; it’s also about the authors I work with and the impact they make in the world. Witnessing their growth and achievements is what truly validates my role as a writer and coach. This is why I write—because I believe in the transformative power of stories to inspire, educate, and empower others.

Act VI: The Return with the Elixir

With victory in hand, I embarked on the final leg of my journey—the return home, bearing the fruits of my labor. Armed with newfound wisdom and a renewed sense of purpose, I set out not only to share my stories with the world but also to amplify the voices of others through my writing. Drawing on my years as a clinician and my finely honed listening skills, I’ve developed a unique ghostwriting process akin to a tuning fork, resonating with the essence of each author’s story. Through this process, I am making a tangible difference in the world, one story at a time.

Conclusion:

So there you have it, my friend—a glimpse into my writer’s odyssey. It’s been a wild ride, filled with twists and turns, laughter and tears. But through it all, I’ve rediscovered the transformative power of storytelling—the ability to connect, inspire, and uplift. And now, as I continue on this journey, I invite you to join me. Let’s embark on our own adventures, craft our own narratives, and see where the road takes us.

After all, the journey is just as important as the destination.

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