before i die1Find Your Writing Niche: Before I Die wall

I’ve heard of the young adult novel, “Before I Die” by Jenny Downham, but haven’t read it. I’ve also heard of the “Before I Die” walls that have appeared around the world, but I never saw one until a few days ago. I went to the Burroughs-Chapin art museum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. where a “Before I Die” wall was on the grounds, and visitors were invited to write on it. My friend and I didn’t, but, of course, we talked about our bucket lists.

People consistently tell me they want to write a book, and almost 100 percent of them want to write a novel. I’ve been in, and continue to be, in writers’ groups that promote the idea. I say “Do it!”

Most people don’t understand the intricacies of writing a book, especially writing a book that sells. With ebooks and self-publishing it’s easier to get a book in print. If this is your “Before I Die” wish, check out these Web sites.



Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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