This morning while on my third cup of coffee, I have a confession to make. I may be the worst at making decisions (and sticking to them). By the way, speaking of confession, were you scared shit like me when you first stepped into the confessional booth as a kid?
Don’t get me wrong, I have improved this part of my life (I’m a high school basketball coach, always making decisions).
Here’s the deal, oatmeal.
Many of you know that I have been working on writing a book. The premise of the book is my experience growing up in the neighborhood. My teen years to be exact. The toughest times of my life to be honest.
Here’s my problem; at times I write it as a memoir (Non-Fiction). At other times I feel the need to switch to the novel format (Fiction).
You’re probably sitting there saying to yourself, “WHAT?”
Let me explain. When I write it as a memoir, I feel I might embarrass some people (my daughter and wife mainly). It gets a bit uneasy putting my experience down on paper. Or, I’m not famous, who wants to read about my life. Or, I can just see someone taking me to court or even kicking my ass at my first book signing at Farrell’s.
When I write it as a novel, it just doesn’t feel right. Changing names, places, etc. Making stuff up, embellishing. You know what I mean, right? You didn’t think ‘Catcher in the Rye’ was true did you?
But fear not.
Last night I read some uplifting, inspirational material from a few published authors; I also came across a great quote by John Steinbeck: “A good writer always works at the impossible.”
From this moment on, I’m going with the MEMOIR!
It will cover my life from the ages of 13 to 18.
Much of the content is down on paper. Now I need to go through it and polish it up a bit.
Sorry for the delay.
I’m also going to do something I’m not used to doing. I’m going to set a deadline for the final manuscript. I’m setting a goal. As of today, Saturday April 20, I’ll write the memoir and have it completed by January 1st, 2014.
Seven months to get it done.
Now let me run, I need to get to work!