Author Showcase Feature with Book Excellence Award Winner Rick Arneson
Book Title: Plotting the Course: Life Lessons from the Sport of Sailing
How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve been a book lover my entire life, and I always had an affinity for reading, as well as for writing initially as a hobby. I started writing articles for newsletters and magazines and got a lot of enjoyment out of that, so when I had my idea for my book, I was already fairly comfortable with the writing process.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? Write what you know and be true to your own voice.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? In my case, I’d say that my writing method consists of getting all my ideas down on paper as quickly as possible when inspiration strikes, and then going back and cleaning things up for clarity and cohesion later. I find it’s far too easy to forget a great idea if you don’t commit it to paper quickly.
What message do you want readers to remember? The central premise behind my book’s content is that the things that we are passionate about can inspire us to better living in many more areas of life. In the case of “Plotting the Course,” sailboat racing stands in as a metaphor for life and its challenges. Sailing has inspired me and so many others with valuable life lessons, but I also believe that anyone can look to a particular passion that they hold for similar inspiration.