What gets me through the pile is some peppy music, many trips to the fridge, and the need to take a break and write another blog post or two. Oh, look at the clock. It's time to make dinner!
I confess I'm still struggling with where and when to put backstory. Just when I think I've finally found the solution, I read something that convinces me I don't have it right yet. This time the eye opener came from Your Life is a Book by Brenda Peterson & Sarah Jane Freyman. Honestly, I've had my fill of craft writing books, but I purchased this one, along with several others, at the advice of my mentor. So being stuck, I picked it up and began to read.
This is the third version of my memoir: the first one was in the form of journals I kept over the last half of my twenty-five year marriage. The second version I wrote over a period of several years was strictly chronological and boring as heck to the few readers I shared it with. I'm determined that this third version will be the charm, and I'll tell you why it's so much more difficult to write than the first two versions.
Much to my relief, I think I'm on the right track. I have noticed that I tend to give a straight-forward account of events that would be more interesting if I included more sensory detail. I also tend to jump to conclusions without connecting all the dots. Consequently, I going back to my journals on which the memoir is based, and making my scenes more complete. You might think that all this re-writing is a pain, but I'm finding this a fun thing to do.
moisture in and the weeds out. I grew giant Russian sunflowers and strawberry popcorn. A "garden" snake resided under the snow peas, eating the bugs. I made baby food for our son from our fresh vegetables.
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