The short answer is no. But have no fear there’s a longer answer. I have 40,000 words of a story written… but I’ve put it aside.
Because there is a book in my head, a book which is very close to my heart.
I’ve tried to put off writing it, but the small voice which once screamed “don’t do it,” has been overtaken by one which will not stay silent.
So, I began to listen to it.
It said, “Why not?.”
It said, “You can.”
It said, “You should.”
So I said “I will.”
I have begun to write a memoir. How pretentious that sounds I know, but I do have quite a tale to tell.
How will I tell it?
Well, I’m hoping to do so through a series of short stories. Each one will capture a moment in time, be it carefree days of childhood, dark teenage years of abuse, the sadness and grief of my dad’s illness or the long road to recovery.
I hope by writing it this way I can balance the book, so no one will look at it and think, what a depressing read, but rather get an insight into how the many twists and turns I’ve traveled have shaped me into who I am today.
What about family?
I feel pretty confident I can do this without upsetting family or friends in any way.
Of course there’s no guarantee any book people will think this is a book worth publishing. However, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. In the meantime I’ve to get it written and you’ll be pleased to read, I’ve already begun.
We’ve heard that before I hear you shout. Well even the longest journey starts with a single step. I’m on my way. Look out and fingers crossed for me. I’ll keep you all posted.