Welcome to my First Draft

I have been told over and over that I should write a book, that my story needs to be told, especially in conservative Mennonite circles. I enjoy writing, and in addition, find it relatively easy. I enjoy the research that I do for some of my blog posts. Writing a book and being published has long been a dream of mine.

So, about a year or so ago, I started writing my book. Basically, the story is my story, starting at age eighteen and adding events from childhood as flashbacks. I’ve kept journals faithfully ever since the age of eleven, so reconstructing events and emotions from my teenage years is fairly easy. That is why I chose to start at that point in my life. In addition, the year I turned nineteen was a watershed year for me. I still think of my life as before nineteen and after nineteen. You will find out why in my book.

An Emotional Experience

Why upload chapters here on my blog? As you will quickly guess by reading the chapters I have uploaded, writing this book can be a very emotional experience for me as memories that I’d sooner forget float to the surface. As a result, it can be difficult to keep writing. Uploading the chapters might help motivate me to keep at it when the going gets tough.

I Want Your Feedback

The other reason for uploading chapters is that I want feedback. I still don’t have a title for my book. None of the ideas I’ve come up have suited me, so I’m open to ideas from you. Is my writing clear? Too wordy? Am I writing the story so you can live it with me or does it feel like I’m just sitting there talking about it? What do you think about the first-person narrative? Should I include fairly many flashbacks to give an accurate picture? Is it too explicit? Not explicit enough? I don’t want to hide evil but neither do I want to focus on it.

Any ideas for disguising the story a bit more? At this point, I’ve retained people in their correct genders. I’ve retained general geography, though I have changed place names and people names. Anyone who knows my family would very easily be able to pick out who this story is about. While I am at the point in my journey where I’m comfortable with that (obviously, or I wouldn’t write so freely on my blog), my family is a whole different story. While they do not get to dictate my story, I also want to be respectful of their privacy especially when many of them have not grappled with their own pain at this point. So, any thoughts?

Anything else you think about it the book so far is welcomed. Happy reading! I look forward to hearing from you!