Writing a book can be daunting. There were many moments while “birthing” my memoir Finding Faith, Finding Safe, Finding Potatoes: Trading Religion for Amazing Grace, that I didn’t know how I could ever reach my goal. I was dramatically naive about the committment and challenges it took to write a full-length book. I didn’t know until I read Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer–the best book on memoir writing that I have read–that memoir is one of the most difficult genres to write. NOBODY TOLD ME.
Finding, Finding, Finding began as a five-page essay in a senior college-writing class. My professor, the marvelous Devan Cook, encouraged me to expand the essay into a book. Sure. I already had a head start, so why not? Ten years later, I knew why.
Of course, now that the book is written and published as an ebook, and selling, I do not regret my choice. I am as determined as I ever was to keep writing; however, for the five months since Finding, Finding, Finding has been released, I have been at a loss as to what I should write next.
I know I do not want to take another ten years to write any thing.
When I was a teenager, I wrote several children’s books, but never followed through. One book I wrote in England for the children I took care of. I actually sent it to a publisher who had interest. He suggested some improvements and invited me to resubmit the manuscript. But I lost the book and to this day, I have can’t even remember what it was even about.
This is my news:
I have decided to write another children’s book. As a matter-of-fact, I have begun to write it AND I have found a talented illustrator who would like to collaborate with me. I am so excited!
This time I will follow through.