Dear friends, don’t worry, this isn’t a confession. Net yet… What I did (this week) is finish those edits. My memoir manuscript (just about there, I hope…) is off for a final read through with a massive ‘Thank You’ to my wonderful editor, Esther Chilton.
Being a memoir, you would think it would be easy to get it down and just write it. Beginning. Middle. End. Sorted. No characters to dream up, no plot to invent and no twists to develop, because they’re already there. But the structure as told using the elements of fiction proved a mighty challenge to this writer.
The beginning proved the biggest challenge of all. The end, as it turned out, came easily but not until the very end. And the title didn’t come to me until two years in after finally getting down the first draft.
My ‘final’ draft sent for editing last November had a couple of confusing timelines. Easy to fix, I thought, except it then meant hunting for other parts needing fixing a few chapters back. Or forward. Not to mention some important details I had left out.
For me, I’ve discovered, the best way to get the job done is to binge write. That means all day every day and everything else slides. But I wouldn’t recommend it: my eyes are blurred, my back aches and my brain is fried. No matter. Whispering those three little words to you now makes it all worth it. Can I say them again? I Dit It.
As always, thank you so much to those who’ve kept in touch on and off blog, and allowing me the luxury of talking endlessly about my book and its process. It helps, a lot!
Next week, time to catch up. Meanwhile, wonderful Sally Cronin is featuring the second of four of my archive memoir posts at her fab blog, Smorgasbord Blog Magazine. I wrote The Great British Staycation And A Brew Up California Style in July, 2013, after six months blogging and a couple of months into my book.
A lot’s happened since then, but it’s lovely knowing Sally all that time as one of the very first bloggers I followed. I also had the very great pleasure of meeting her at the Annual Bloggers Bash 2017. Huge thanks to Sally for her amazing support to me and bloggers everywhere.
Have a great weekend, all, and see you next week.
Love Sherri x