Your Writing Journey
This is your writing journey. It becomes what you make of it. Making writing a regular part of your life greatly contributes to how successful you will be in completing your project.
I know. I have so many projects that have sat on the shelf for years, untouched, and still at the place they were five or six years ago when I thought of them. If you don’t make writing a regular habit, that’s where your family story will be.
I don’t know if you’re a writer that wants to add this project to your list. If you are, you already know that regular writing – daily if at all possible – is important.
If writing is new to your life, but you want to share your family’s tales, kudos to you! It may not be something that you work on every day. You may research in spurts, and write on and off throughout the year. But the more regular you are, the faster progress you’ll make. Plus, I find after extended periods of time of not working on something, it’s harder to get back in the thick of things. If I work on a project, at least once a week, the characters, scenes, and events stay fresh in my mind. If it’s been several months or a year or two since I’ve touched it, I almost have to re-learn the details again.
I found that the more I worked with family stories and memories, either of my own, or the loved ones I talked to, the more my mind paid attention to fragments of the past that would drift through. I’d be getting ready for work and…poof…a brief memory would surface. I’ll remember that, I’d tell myself. Ha! Not so. By the time I’d get to work, work all day and return home, that memory was long gone from my mind. I started keeping a small journal on my nightstand and in my purse. When these elusive tidbits would surface, I’d jot down at least a few words, names, or details. Another notebook is filled with notes I made after talking to my mom on the phone. Yes, sometimes many things got repeated, but it sure kept a lot of fragments from disappearing into the ether – never to be heard from again.
Try to schedule some time for this writing journey you’ve embarked on. It may be one evening, a few hours on a weekend, or it may involve getting up an hour earlier to have some quiet time to write. The more you make room in your life for your writing journey – the closer you’ll be to typing ‘The End’ at the end of your tribute to your family.