Where did the time go? I have been so wrapped up with the demands of the day job lately that writing has been a struggle....but, I have 1,081 words written so far!
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There are still so many questions, and I am finding that the farther I go with this the more questions I have:
- VOICE: I have contemplated this point for the best part of the month. Who do I want to be the narrator? Should it be myself? Or perhaps it should be my husband's grandfather Hezekiah, since he is the generation in between the beginning and the end... Or could it be an outsider looking in who narrates the story? Each of these preclude a different...
- GENRE: If I narrate the story it becomes a memoir...not necessarily my memoir, but a family history memoir...my journey to find the truth about the family. If Hezekiah Carter narrates the story, it might be a family history narrative. But, if an outsider looking in narrates the story, it might become fiction based on a true story.
- The Sunday message after the family reunion: A Reunion in Goshen...which would start in the present and then flash back to the real beginning of the story...or,
- The day Hezekiah's father, Isaac, and younger siblings were ordered by the court to be bound as apprentices in the household of William Temple.
Besides the daily writing prompts, one of the greatest assets of participating in this challenge has been the Forum. Most of the issues discussed evolve from the topics in the daily emails. However, sometimes writers have started their own topics of discussion which enlist the support and comments of their fellow family history writers. This has proven invaluable! Not only am I organizing and writing, I am also learning about writing software applications such as Scrivener, and photo editing in Picasa; and discovering new books, such as Oh Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century.
It is in the forum that we are able to share
Our fears and encouragement,
Our frustrations and successes....
So, can I write a book in 29 days?
With twenty days left in the challenge, and with the tug-of-war that I find myself in between Work Life and Writing Life, probably not...
But, I do anticipate:
- Completing the Chapter Outline,
- Writing a summary for each chapter,
- Organizing my notes as they pertain to each chapter,
- Writing a draft of the first chapter, and
- Extending my network of fellow family history writers.