When I tell people about some of the places I have lived and things I have done and seen, many suggest that I should write a book. But would it really be of interest to anyone?
I have made a start and written around 10,000 words – a very brief summary of my life up until now. I am unsure where to go from here. I decided to do some brain-storming to flesh it out a bit. It raised more questions than answers, such as:
- who is included and who is excluded?
- should I use real names and my real name?
- what are the ‘touchstone’ events that really must be included?
- do I bare all about my struggles and challenges or are some things too private?
- should I seek professional guidance at this stage eg a literary agent or wait and see how it goes?
- what is the secret of keeping it interesting?
I guess the easy road to take would be to keep writing the truth as I see it and perhaps make amendments down the track.
It has been useful to put my thoughts down here to share with you as it now seems a bit clearer. I think I will start on the ‘touchstone’ events and see where that leads me.
THANKS FOR LISTENING 🙂
I asked for ideas on memoir writing a little while ago and received some excellent tips.
Even so, getting started was still a problem. I decided to do a mind map/brain storm and see where that took me. I looked at it from the following angles:
- why do I want to do it?
- how am I going to do it?
- what do I need to do it?
- when is this going to happen?
I then put a table together with those headings and answered the questions honestly. Once I had the first three thoroughly considered I set a time-frame.
At the conclusion I committed myself to write just two pages for each different period in my life:
- 60+ (where I am at right now)
- 50-60 years
- 40-50 years
- 30-40 years
- life in remote communities in my 20s and 30s
- 20-30 years (when my children were born)
- teenage years
- primary school years
My commitment is to do two pages for each of the above before the 30th June 2016. I have a whiteboard where I tick off the days that I write so it is quite visual.
I am really enjoying the process. I don’t have a goal beyond 30 June but I will consider that when the time comes. Whether it ever comes to print doesn’t seem important. I am enjoying reflecting on the BIG PICTURE of my life – the good and not so good!
I am also collecting (in one place) other bits and pieces that I may merge at a later date.
Just thought I would share the process I developed as it may be useful to someone else 🙂