In my last post I wrote about how I started a new blog called, My Grandpa, the Woodcarver. It was so easy and fun to write about my Grandpa’s House. I enjoyed walking through each room in my mind! Writing about Grandpa brought back many memories – memories that I do not want to be forgotten.
That may be why writing memoir is so popular today. Regular people who are not even famous are writing memoirs. In the foreword of Lisa Dale Norton’s book, Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir, Hal Zina Bennett points out that people want to reflect on their lives and share what they have learned. Lisa Dale Norton has been teaching writing classes for many years. She explains how the memories that stay with us stay for a reason. Those memories are our shimmering images – a part of our lives, our story. I also found this book helpful because the author points out different ways to format memoir and what a memoir needs to engage readers.
When I thought about my new blog, I found myself jotting down my “shimmering images.” Suddenly I realized that I had the format of a book to be written laid out right in front of me. If I chose to, I could begin writing a memoir of special memories that would include Grandpa’s woodcarving skills, instead of writing a blog. Even though some shimmering images have been revealed to me, I realized that I need to uncover the other important aspects that make any story work, such as theme, the underlying meaning, conflict and resolution. While I was going through this process, even more recollections came to me. When I woke up this morning, I was surprised when the song “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” kept playing in my mind. I used to play that song for Grandpa on the clarinet that he bought for me! I have not thought about that song in years.
Writing a book seems like it would be a lonely process. When I blog, I sometimes get feedback that can be inspiring and it helps me want to write even more. I’m afraid that I would not be motivated to write a book because I would not be getting that feedback. I most likely would not let anyone read my book as it progresses because it wouldn’t be my final piece of work. Yet, in my mind I keep hearing one of my friends say, “What’s with all this blogging? When are you going to write your book?”
“A book?” I think. Can I really write a book? I know it’s not easy. As you can see, I am wavering and indecisive. I question:
- Would all the work be worth it;
- How long will it take me, a slow writer with a busy life, to write a book;
- What if no one likes what I wrote; and
- What message do I want to send?
What are your thoughts? If you have had personal experiences with how to keep yourself motivated while writing a book or blog, maybe you could share your thoughts here. I would like to hear what you have to say!
Whether My Grandpa, the Woodcarver ends up as a book or a blog, I plan to keep writing on My Reality Show! Who knew blogging could be so fun!