Two Left Feet
Two Left Feet
What Learning to Dance Taught Me About Everything Else: A memoir of the year-long dance experiment that began at Darling Magazine.
What Learning to Dance Taught Me About Everything Else: A memoir of the year-long dance experiment that began at Darling Magazine. Read more
Who Am I?
My name is Heather Walters, and I'm a writer, actress, and hopeful dancer in Los Angeles, California. I am passionate about telling stories in every medium--my work has been published in Oregon Bride Magazine, City Arts Magazine, Script Magazine, Line Zero Literary, Darling Magazine online, as well as all over the web. I love spontaneous dance parties, delicious food, excuses to go swimming, and of course--good books.
What is Two Left Feet?
Six months ago I began a journey with Darling Magazine: a commitment to spend a year learning to dance at Studio A and chronicling my adventures in an online column entitled "Two Left Feet." Studies have shown that dance offers amazing mental and emotional (not to mention physical) benefits. This intrigued me. It's the oldest form of creative expression known to humanity, and it's one of the very first ways we learn to communicate--through the movement of our bodies. And yet, for some reason, dance tends to be sanctioned off in our culture for 'professionals' only. There isn't a lot of room for the average, untrained layman to learn technical dance. We all, perhaps subconsciously, ask ourselves: Why should we? If we're not "good enough" to perform, what's the point?
That's the question this project aims to answer: What's the point? (pun definitely intended). What happens when someone tries to learn to dance without the end goal of performing? How might it benefit us in other areas of our life? Is it even possible in a busy modern lifestyle? That's what I've been writing about at Darling Magazine.
The Next Step
The column thus far has been an amazing experience, but I've faced a singular problem: I have too much to write about. Learning to dance is an adventure full of hilarious (embarrassing) stories, new ideas, life interruptions, and personal growth--all of which I'm eager to put to paper! But eight hundred words a month just isn't cutting it.
My dream is to make Two Left Feet a book: What Learning to Dance Taught Me About Everything Else. As a professional writer and editor, I have the training and experience to make this happen. I've already begun drafting, and you can even read my previous articles to get a feel for the tone and style.
However, because I am a professional writer and editor, I am also acutely aware that it takes much more than words to publish a really good book. That's where you come in.
Making Two Left Feet A Reality
I am choosing to self-publish this book, which means there will be a lot of work to do after the writing part is finished. The money raised from this Kickstarter will go towards professional editing (more than one pair of eyes on any writing project is essential), graphic design for the cover and pages, ISBN numbers for the hard copy and e-book, marketing for the launch, printing and shipping whatever books are pre-ordered in this campaign, and dance classes to help me finish my year-long commitment.
My goal is to finish the rough draft by Thanksgiving 2015, and it will be about eighty thousand words. I've already began this project with drafts of content and outlines, and I'll continue to write as I continue to dance.
When the year officially ends on October 11th, I'll have a month to finish the draft before I send it off to the editors. That's when the editing/publishing extravaganza will ensue! All in all, if you support this project by ordering a copy, I'm confident I'll have it published and in your hands by May 15th, 2016! And of course you'll be able to read about all the important updates along the way on my blog.
So how about it? Will you join me in this adventure?
Read more of Darling Magazine online here.
Check out Studio A's website here.
Peruse my blog and subscribe for more updates here.
Risks and challenges
Before November, the biggest problem I'll face is making the time to write--a problem every writer is familiar with. Thankfully, I'm well-practiced in this particular discipline, and I have a group of writers around me to check in and hold me accountable as the year progresses.
The process of self-publishing this book means that every stage of the publication process will be my responsibility. Publishing is tricky from any angle, and production delays or missed deadlines can always create chaos. I plan to keep you updated on how the process is going via my blog, and to enlist the help of previously self-published authors to help me be as prepared as possible.
Contracting my own team to help me complete this means that there will be a lot of up-front costs to produce this book before it can get on shelves or in your hands. That's why your support is so important--if this project is not funded, this book simply won't happen.
There's a lot of fun rewards you can claim during this campaign, including e-books, hard copies, bookmarks, dance parties, and even the chance to contribute your own story to this memoir!
I hope you'll join me on this adventure!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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