This past December, I quietly published The Sun Rises: Using Nature as a Foundation for Happy Living, my first non-fiction book. The idea came to me after several people had commented on how inspiring my photos and messages were. So, I decided to make a photo book of inspiration.
At first, the it seemed impossible to write. I picked out images I liked, enjoyed, or found inspiring myself, but I just couldn’t come up with anything to say about those images that didn’t seem ridiculous. To conquer this writing problem, I started writing in journal style why I wanted to write the book and what was holding me back. I discovered my biggest issue was I didn’t feel inspiring or knowledgeable enough to write the book.
After that realization, I decided to change the premise of the book and make it about what I do maintain my positive attitude including meditations, thought exercises, my inner thoughts and photography. Once I got over my fears, by rethinking the project and making it manageable, it became a very enjoyable book to write. I wrote most of the book in journal form while I was outside daydreaming. I am looking forward to writing my next short non-fiction this year. I’m still in the brainstorming the theme for the next book, but I will start working on it soon.
Please check out the video Zee Southcombe posted on YouTube about the book (below) and her posts. The Sun Rises is currently only available in print, I hope to have a digital version available by late spring. You can purchase a The Sun Rises from Amazon for $13.00 or on the Store page on this website for $12.00.