Welcome to the Winners’ Circle where we celebrate the success of our IFW and ICL published graduates. Today we are celebrating author Arnita Ware!
What is the name of your book? Who is the publisher?
Look Through the Window
Published by Lisa Bell/Radical Women
Give us a short summary of your book.
Traumatic events never leave lives untouched, but often the effects hide beneath the surface. At only 20 years of age, a secret forced upon her pushes Arnita over the edge and she suffers a nervous breakdown with a subsequent diagnosis of bipolar disorder many years later. How can she overcome an illness she doesn’t understand, find the courage to share the truth of skeletons in her closet and encourage others to do the same? Through her shared story, original poetry and short pieces, Arnita takes a look through the window of her soul, daring the reader to open up and tell their own hidden story too.
Tell us a bit about your path to publishing, from idea to submission to published.
I always knew I would write a book one day, but what I didn’t realize is the journey that life would take me through to get me there. I had many lived experiences that propelled me into the beginning of my writing destiny. Believe it or not, I had recorded my story on a voice recorder and just kind of tucked it away in my drawer. I thought it would be a good idea to record the story while the events were fresh in my mind.
It was at least 30 years later when I decided to finally write my book. Later, when I began to “handwrite” my book, thinking I had written out all of my thoughts…that’s when I remembered I had recorded the story in little snippets of time, as time would permit. After listening to the recording from 30 years prior, I realized I was missing a lot of pertinent details that I had forgotten by memory.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was in Elementary school. I recall having to do daily writing journals starting in the 5th grade, approximately, 10 years old.
What’s your favorite genre to write and why?
Poetry & Short Story….I just love the way Poetry flows when I write it, and I also enjoy the idea of telling a quick story with my own unique flair. I have discovered I make a great “ghost writer.”
Please list the course or courses you’ve taken with us.
How has taking our courses helped your writing and/or career?
I always knew that I enjoyed writing and genuinely love it! I feel that it is very therapeutic for me. I also knew I would write a book one day. When I took the aptitude test and received a response from IFW (formerly Longridge Writer’s Group) that I was accepted into your program, I was ecstatic! It totally boosted my writing confidence.
Have any of your class assignments been published?
Yes, I believe it was assignment 11. It was published in Texas in August, 2018.
Do you have a favorite writing tip you’d like to share?
Yes! Although I love the idea of having a “special” place to write…like your office/study, I also recommend changing the scenery. You can go to another room in the house or go to a special place by a lake, a library, a beach, a restaurant, on a mountain…just change it up and your thoughts are bound to flow more freely. You will be surprised how when you are around other people and you just happen to “hear” their conversations, ideas, and topics will come to you. It is a good idea to keep a notebook with you to jot thoughts down or put them on a voice recorder so you won’t forget.
If you could travel back in time and give yourself one piece of writing advice, how far back would you go, and what would you tell yourself?
If I could travel back in time and give myself writing advice, I would start at six years old and tell myself to write about the way I feel since my cousin died. I would tell myself that writing is a healer. It is okay to cry and write how you really feel. I would say writing is a true form of self expression. It is okay to be transparent and open.
Why write a story about your life and personal experiences?
I…write about my life and personal experiences because nobody can tell my story better than I can. I have earned the right to tell my own story.
Please tell us the best or most valuable thing you learned from your experience with ICL and IFW.
The most valuable thing I learned from my experience of taking this course is how helpful the constructive feedback was from the instructors. Sometimes the feedback gave great suggestions on how to improve the story or slightly tweak it. It helped me to tune in more and be more concise, but clear without being too wordy.
Arnita Ware is a published author. She is also a 2020 college graduate with a BAAS degree (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences) from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. She is a middle school English teacher. She writes inspirational pieces for Fort Worth Black News in Fort Worth, TX. In addition, she is a member of The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement and The Copywriter Cafe. She also credits her writing coach, Steve Roller, and being a member of the Copywriter Cafe for helping her to grow in business and hone her writing skills. She too is grateful for the owner of the Fort Worth Black News, Ms. Jill Darden, who has afforded her exposure in a corner of the world in the local DFW (Dallas-Forth Worth) community. She is a lifetime member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide. She is also a mother, daughter, sister, friend, and Mimi.
More importantly, Arnita is grateful to God and feels blessed beyond measure to share her gift with the world. She prays that the message of her book regarding the importance of taking care of one’s mental health will provide help and healing for others. She advocates for mental health and wellness and looks forward to continuing to speak to live audiences whether in person or via television or radio about the importance of self-care. Her ultimate goal is to help people to get the necessary medical treatment. Along with that, she hopes they lose the stigma associated with having a mental health condition, and does not want them to be ashamed because it is as serious as any other illness; yet, is treatable/manageable with the proper medical attention.