Nathalie's Notes

Raising the Hardy Boys


I've been working toward clarifying my writer's platform for over a year. Ever since I read Christina Katz' "Get Known Before the Book Deal." She advised me to be patient with the process. She even talked me out of an idea that was a good one, but not for me, not at that time in my life. I'd just had Baby Jake and was a little mental with the whole post-partum/no-sleep combo meal.

So here I am, with a baby old enough to eat solids {made his first food cubes last night!}, a toddler mostly sleeping through the night, a move under my belt and ready to get back to work in earnest. Since Jake's been born, I've kept up on my column , sold another one and started writing a new novel, 300 words at a time and all the while, in the back of my mind I've been considering the question: What is my thing? What is my platform?

Imagine my surprise to find out the thing I'd been searching for has been here the whole time. The whole time. Like since 1982 when I first started writing in my purple unicorn and rainbows diary. As I worked on my draft for my Baby on Board column last month, I couldn't edit it down. I was writing about my favorite subject (besides my adorable babies of course) and had so much to say I couldn't cut down to 600 words. I submitted a different column and kept working on this one. Finally, it was ready to submit for August and it ran this week. And there it was. My thing. My thing that I am so passionate about I could go on about it as long as someone would let me.

Except that I can't keep writing about journaling in a column about parenting … luckily I have this cool blog and you faithful readers who I'm sure will be willing to be open to some of these ideas even if you think you're not a writer!

Anyone curious?

Encouraging others to use journaling personally and professionally is the most natural way I can think of  to combine my passion and skills.

One thought on “Hello, platform

  1. Derek Young says:

    Somewhat related, I read something I thought fascinating about journals from back in the day. Apparently journals, until recently, were expected to be public. This historian compared them to blogs and talked about how most were heavily edited and shared with others.


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