Writing again, finally
Tonight I picked up our book to continue writing. I admit to being pushed by reading of a book deal on Blogger Scores Book Deal. I’d been thinking a lot, that got me into action again. I’m writing about how Mr O came to be in Australia in the first place and I am finding it REALLY difficult. I know that many of our followers are heavily involved in NaNoWriMo this month so I can’t turn to them for advice. Scribbla is busy writing 3,000 words a day. Momfog has learnt six lessons in the first week. I don’t think Accidental Stepmom is actually in NaNoWriMo, but she is looking at a DIY Masters.
So I’m on my own! My problem is how much to delve into the details of Mr O’s history. The reality is, if I go into too much detail I could end up writing three books – a Political History of Nigeria, My Husband’s Early Years and Love versus Goliath. I’m not qualified to write the first, I’m trying to cover a respectable amount of the second in the third!
I think what I may do is write the basics, then continue with the rest of the memoir, then revisit that part of the book. My problem is I am not a professional writer, so I’m not sure how to define structure. I remind myself of Keniicci‘s comment on Chapter One:
I suggest you write >everything< which will make editing easier. Keep doing a great job. You’re on your way.
“Everything” is a big ask. There is a LOT to Mr O’s history. Then I ask myself what is this memoir really about? Mr O’s years as an aspiring then junior politician taking on his father’s mantle, or his years seeking a new home and our meeting and battle to be together? How much of his early history do I need to set the scene? What are potential readers the most interested in? Do I follow Kenniicci’s advice, write everything, then let the editor (assuming I get one!) chop heaps out? Do I throw a draft out in the wild and seek feedback?
How darn big is this book going to get?
Any and all advice will be gratefully received! So if you feel like a break from NaNoWriMo, do drop by and lay those authorly suggestions on me!
A big thank you for the generous words of wisdom from you all which included a link to a Kristen Lamb’s blog. I like Kristen’s URL: Warrior Writers – just how I felt some times! Thank you Nancy! I’ve picked up a couple of important tips just from that one article, and I loved Kristen’s take on social media, Beware the Social Media Snuggie, because it is something I struggle with! In part this edit is opportunistic, I’ll freely admit – Kristen is having a competition in November and I get my name in the draw hat twice if I mention her!