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I Never Wanted to Write a Book

The triumph and truth of the journey writing “Live LIVE! Creating Community in Music Experiences.”

  • I don’t read. My childhood learning disability discouraged me from picking up a book on my own for years.
  • I’ve got nothing to say. My story is simple and my knowledge is general. What would I have to share?
  • I can’t spell. Ask my brother, he regularly roasts me in our family group chat. Or honestly…just keep reading. In true Katie fashion, you are bound to find a typo.
  • I’m curious. There is so much I want to learn and countless people I’m eager to learn from.
  • I love to create. Figuring ways to pull facts and feelings together to meet the needs of others excites me.
  • I am obsessed with the idea of entrepreneurship. The moment I took my first class in entrepreneurship, I began to fully express my thoughts and ideas in ways that I never had before. It unlocked a sense of aliveness in me I didn’t know I was missing.
  • The process of writing the book gave me the keys to unlock my curiosity. I wasn’t aimlessly asking questions just because, but with a clear purpose. Each question I asked interviewees was prepared with the intention to further define my purpose so that I could ultimately share with others.
  • I fine-tuned my toolbox as a creator. In the journey of any entrepreneur, one is faced with the task of identifying a problem, developing a solution, researching, cold calling, interviewing, funding, branding, and marketing their product or service. I encountered all of those steps in writing my book. I started by identifying the problem I wanted to tackle and it hit close to home. I think many entrepreneurs are often trying to solve a very personal problem in their ventures. I wrote my book all about redefining in-person user experiences to be more community-centric because that was something I craved in my life. But, as I started interviewing others, I realized I wasn’t alone in this journey to want to feel like I belonged in my lived experiences. Through gathering stories and insight I experienced little triumphs and epic failure which shaped my storyline. I learned to shoot my shot, reaching out to creatives who were totally out of my league, and to lean on friends, family, and mentors, for help. It took a community to publish Live LIVE!
  • My entrepreneurial spirit was fed and I have got the bug to keep creating. The maximizer in me sees the good in this project and the potential for even greater. This is only the beginning.
  • I didn’t read and now I want to read every book I can get my hands on. The journey writing Live LIVE! left me with more questions than when I started. I have found that every story offers a different truth to the questions I am trying to answer on my journey. Each story has the power to inspire from a different angle.
  • I felt like I had nothing to say, but then I realized I just didn’t know how to share my story. We all have some sort of knowledge to offer the world, something unique that makes us tick that we can share with others. I have had this fire burning inside me, but it took me some time to find my voice and articulate the curiosity it sparked within me.
  • I still can’t spell so I just own that now and befriend really good spellers.

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