Yesterday afternoon, I was able to hit “save” (will soon hit “send”) on the last chapter for my memoir Accidental Soldier: What My Service in the Israel Defense Forces Taught Me about Faith, Courage and Love. It was a very powerful moment after many months of heavy demolition and lifting. Of course, the last chapter still has to go through my author’s very judicious eyes, but at least the story arc and transformation have now been aligned to meet the heroine’s journey. What a wild continuing ride!
Here are the top FIVE ways I finished a very polished draft of my memoir as of yesterday.
1. I was ruthless with my writing sessions. Sometimes these writing sessions took place at the end of the day when the last thing I wanted to do was write. Sometimes the weather was bad or in yesterday’s case, I was sick with a cold. I made no excuses. I did not give myself a break, but I did do….#2.
2. I gave myself rewards. I paid myself small amounts of money each time I finished the final version of a chapter, which I’m using to pay for my editor’s service and the occasional massage thrown in.
3. I kept myself focused with tangible goals. I’d look at the piece of paper next to my computer: “I’m writing this memoir because…..” and continued focusing on them.
4. I got my family on board and explained to them how important it was for me to write this book. My toddler would scream behind the closed door for a while but my ten year old occupied her and they did kooky things together that strengthened their bonding.
5. I hired an editor who I knew intuitively would help take my writing and revision to the next level. Because of her insightful and intuitive feedback, I was able to also become a better memoirist driven to really hone down the “language” of scene.
I know I once wrote a post about opting out from finding an agent, which garnered a lot of comments. With the publishing and agent world changing so much, I am willing to give the agent world one last shot. I am right now writing a proposal to send to agents and researching agents. This is a long step and I’m not quite sure how many agents I want to send this proposal to. But my first choice for publishing is here.
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