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I had brain surgery 12 years ago and post-surgery I was diagnosed as hypomanic/bi-polar/manic.  As they could not medicate me I sought the help of an established psychiatrist.  The after effects have been life changing to say the least.  I am now a multi-media artist and have been accepted into the Fine Arts program at a local university on scholarships and bursaries.  I had never been artistic before the surgery and have been told by most medical authorities that there is no correlation between the surgery, mental illness and creativity.  My biggest hope in writing this book is to take away the stigma of mental illness as it has been for me a wonderful awakening of my spirit. I actually woke up and felt that the old Wilma had been reinvented.  How could I know how to make pottery, paint on glass, make mirrors with plaster and fabric, draw, write poetry, you name it I did it.  I know  this will be a great story.  I am currently enrolled in English 1099 in preparation for Creative Writing next term.  I would like to hear your take on my idea.

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Any story that shows triumph of the human spirit as well as an unusual outcome from dire circumstances makes a good story; it's up to the writer to make it a well-written story. Go for it!

Be sure to learn as much as you can about writing while you go along--that is, go ahead and write the first draft, but remember it's just a first draft, because good writers revise every manuscript with each draft, because they are constantly honing their skills and perfecting their craft.

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Book Doctor Bobbie Christmas owns Zebra Communications, a book-editing firm in metro Atlanta. She not only edits books, she also helps writers power up their prose to increase their chances of success. She is the author of Write In Style (Union Square Publishing), a creative-writing guide that won three awards.

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Bobbie has spent more than 40 years in the publishing and communications industry and has run Zebra Communications, a book-editing company, since 1992. The editor of many publications and periodicals, she has worked with book publishers and trade magazine publishers as well as working in marketing communications and corporate communications.

Organizations
Past president, Georgia Writers Association; past vice president, South Carolina Writers Workshop; charter/lifelong member, Florida Writers Association; Southeastern Writers Association; Atlanta Writers Club; Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature (SPELL); International Guild of Professional Consultants

Publications
Write in Style (Union Square Publishing), A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation), A Cup of Comfort for Friends (Adams Media), A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons (Adams Media), Haunted Engounters (Atriad Press), Remembering Woolworth's (St. Martin's Press), First-Time Home Buyer magazine, HomeBusiness Journal, Apparel Industry Magazine, Edge Magazine, Atlanta Jewish Times, Time Travel Australia, American Writers Review, Points North, That's Entertainment, Atlanta Parent, Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine, etc.

Education/Credentials
Journalism: University of South Carolina plus four decades of working in publishing, marketing, communications, advertising, newspaper and magazine production, book publishing, etc.

Awards and Honors
First Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers Annual Contest, 2005; First Place, education, Royal Palm Literary Award, 2004; Best in Division, Georgia Author of the Year Awards, 2005; Finalist, Best Books 2005, USA BookNews Third Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers, 1999; Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year, 1998; plus many other awards

Past/Present Clients
Capital Books, Sourcebooks, Olin Frederick, The Writer's Machine, Russell Dean & Company, Outskirts Press, and hundreds of writers.

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