This week we’re blogging about our second book efforts. I’m here to weigh in as the Deb Ball Team slacker! Yes, I’m the only one of the five who does not have a second book in at least a completed draft form…
…and I’m okay with that.
I’ve already written a few times here about my struggle to write my follow-up memoir to Caged Eyes. I believe in this second story I have to tell now even more than ever! This book WILL happen, one way or another. It just hasn’t happened yet.
In the post I wrote a few weeks ago following up on our New Years Resolutions, I wrote about how as I’m trail running and living in the mountains this summer, there is more going on:
“Somewhere there’s a corner of my brain where the book is coming together, where I’m finding the words and images to articulate this story. Maybe that’s what it means to be a memoirist; maybe sometimes it’s less about the actual writing and more about the living. If that’s the case? I’m nailing it.”
The other thing is – and I think novelists will relate to this as well – I want my second memoir to be so very different than my first book. I want it to be more reflective and internal, I want it to have a far different tone, etc. Finding that new grove can be tricky. I have a early, early draft (ish) of 60,000 words but I’m not sure any one of those words will stay in the end. What I’m putting down isn’t quite right yet.
There’s still time, lots of time to get this book right.