Writers Who Save Lives: Serving to Males, Girls, and Kids Survive and Thrive within the Put up-Covid World
I started writing to understand my own life when it looked like everything was getting worse. It was 1979 and it wasn’t a good year for me. My marriage fell apart after ten years. The courts gave custody of our two children to my ex-wife and I was now a part-time dad and felt like a full-time failure. I was angry, stressed and depressed, and while I had never seriously thought about killing myself, there were times when I just wanted to sleep forever and never wake up.
In my fear and desperation, I began to keep a journal. Friends told me to write a book, but I insisted not to be a writer. However, I knew that I had to keep writing to save my own life. What started as a personal diary grew into a full-length book, Inside Out: Becoming My Own Man. Psychologist Herb Goldberg, author of The Hazards of Being Male, said, “For me, this is the best kind of Men’s Liberation book – a personal, honest, and expressive account of a man’s inner life in the process of search and change. ”
Psychotherapist Natalie Rogers, author of Emerging Woman, said, “We know the personal is political – feminists have shown this point – but few (if any) men had the courage to be as vulnerable as Jed Diamond. Both women and men will find this book provocative and insightful. “
The answers I got from the average person told me that my book helped them. “Thank you, Dr. Diamond,” wrote one woman. “Your book helped me understand my husband, and I think it turned things around and saved our marriage.” One man wrote to me, “I was depressed, alone, and suicidal. Your book literally saved my life. ”
I was moved and humbled to know how powerful writing can be in helping people. I know reading other people’s books has helped me. I still remember reading Kay Redfield Jamison’s book, An Unquiet Mind: Memoir of Moods and Madness. She shared her own challenges with depression and mania and helped me see that I was not alone. As I read her words describing her own depression, I broke down and cried:
“You’re irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding, and no reassurance is ever enough. You are afraid and afraid, and you are ‘not at all like yourself, but soon you will be’, but you know you won’t. ‘
That was absolutely my own experience. Her words offered hope. If she can get through this and write about it, maybe I can too.
Since writing Inside Out, I’ve written 16 more books, including international bestsellers in Finding Love in All the Wrong Places, Male Menopause Survivors, Irritable Male Syndrome, and my latest book, 12 Rules for Good Men. I’ve also written more than 1,000 articles including: Why is My Husband So Angry, The 5 Levels of Love and Why Too Many Stop at Level 3 and the One Thing Men Want More Than Sex.
Like many other writers, including my colleagues featured in The Good Men Project, Medium, and The Huffington Post, my writing is all over the internet. I didn’t even know where all of my articles were published until I came to Authory. This is a wonderful site where readers can easily find all of the articles a favorite author has written and be notified when a new article is published. I found that my articles had appeared in over fifty places, websites that I didn’t even know had published an article of mine.
Now you can easily find all of my articles and read everything I have written about men, women, sex, and love, as well as articles on how to survive and thrive in these challenging times. Just check out my author’s page on authors. It’s free and easy.
If you’re a writer who wants to make it easier for your readers to find all of your work, you can join Authory for free for a month. It’s easy to get started. You just let them know where your work appears. You browse the sites you have a by-line on and within 48 hours you can see all of your articles in one place.
But that’s just the beginning of what you get. With Authory, you can take control of your articles, build your own audience, and advance your career no matter where you publish. In a world where you never know when a website might stop working, Authory automatically backs up all of your articles.
You can also turn your readers into subscribers. I love Authory because it makes it easy for my readers to find me, learn new articles, and read the ones they want right away. And here’s a really helpful feature from Authory. They let me know how my articles are performing on social media. I can quickly see which articles are popular.
For example, I just looked up my article, “The One Thing Men Want More Than Sex.” I’ve found it has been shared on Facebook more than 120,000 times. It is clearly my favorite, most read, and widely used article. And Authory gives me the data to prove it.
One last feature I love is that I can create collections of articles on different topics. I’ve made collections of the different places my articles appear. I have created other collections based on subject areas such as male anger, love phases, and survival in the post-Covid world. I can share them with my readers or keep them private so I can organize my writing and create new e-books and articles.
In summary: Author is a great resource for readers and writers alike.
If you are a writer who wants to check out Authory, this is where you can go. If you want to visit my home page this is www.MenAlive.com.
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