When you begin your project, it is too soon to judge if your story is worth telling. Just Write. As you review and edit, you will be able to restructure your story whether it is Fiction or Non-Fiction. Writing a book takes time. I am going to refer to your book as a manuscript. Your manuscript can be messy and full of flaws until you submit it to the editing phase. Your book, on the other hand, has to be clear, with words that move the reader from page to page with anticipation of its end.
I have come across stories I began writing in the past but never completed. As I read them over, I can still see a good book in them.
In the 90s, it was my intention to be a romance novelist. So I listened to co-workers talk about their relationships and experiences, as well as, document my own. I decided to blend our personalities and life experiences to create my characters. The following is from a manuscript from 1995.
“The first time she saw him, he appeared to be larger than he actually was. His eyes were almost green, complementing the dark green sweater he wore. Since then she had seen him in other colors, and she noticed his eyes changed. “I think they call them hazel, ” She thought.
They met one night when she stayed in town with friends. She dreaded the long train ride home to an empty house. She longed for company and someone to laugh with and talk to. Unbeknownst to her, his silver tongue, and good humor would be the beginning and end of her happiness.”
Many times she’ll wonder if the decision to leave her husband for another man while having an affair with a third was the act of a sane person.
“May I have a moment of your time?” Those eight words started it all. That moment stretched into an eternity.
So, this proposed story was about a woman’s journey living with bad decisions and the consequences her decisions caused. Is it worth telling? Yes. Even though our heroine has a dark side to her life, there is hope for her and the story could be written to illustrate how she changed her habits of infidelity around.
I also hear, “Who wants to hear about my life. It is and was boring.” When someone responses with these statements, I begin asking them questions like these:
- Are you living the life you dreamed you would like to live? If not, what happened?
- What was your life like in high school?
- What kind of friends did you have? Did any of their personality stand out in your mind?
- What was your hometown like?
- What are some of your accomplishments? Failures?
Depending on the individual, if they are actually interested in writing, they find something to start with and build the story around it.
If you are blessed with the desire to write. Just write. Do not worry about its value or worth. Just write. You will be surprised what you have stored in your subconscious mind just waiting to come out. When you have completed your story, an accountability partner and editor will help you structure and frame your manuscript. For now: