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This morning I have my iced coffee next to me, the radio blaring WKIT Stephen King’s Radio Station here in Bangor, Maine, while my daughter and her friend play in her room before the bus comes. My son is in his bouncer next to me jumping away and singing to himself.

I have Scrivener open and I’m working on my second book Secret Anguish: My Story of Gluten Intolerance. Problem is I see a couple of different versions of a few chapters and I’m not sure I like either one of them. It’s so tough writing memoirs. I’m not sure if I want to start in the present and work my way backward, or start more toward the beginning, or should I start in the middle. Oh, boy! I sure have my work cut out for me. A lot of brainstorming will be going on today.

Are you writing a memoir, or have you written one already? What did you find most difficult about writing it? Do you have any advice for those writing a memoir?

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General Updates, november nano

Sci Fi Research On Hold, New Ideas

My Sci Fi research is on hold. I’m not sure for how long. I am taking a writing course through Winghill Writing School and they say not to start writing in a genre you know nothing about. They say to write what you love to read about and for me, I love to read fantasy and historical fiction. So, I think that is the way I will go for now for writing for NaNo, but that is not to say I will never try my hand at Sci Fi. Oh, no. I love to watch it, but I need to spend some time researching the genre and reading Sci Fi to get a good feel for it. I just didn’t feel I could come up with a good Sci Fi story in just a couple of weeks of NaNo starting. It would be a forced story and not a good one.

So what am I working on for the November NaNo this year? That is a good question. I have had some ideas for nonfiction pieces I’ve been wanting to write and have written a rough draft several years ago, but have not published the book because it didn’t seem to work. I have been through the health trials of PTSD, gluten intolerance that when undiagnosed for so many years I developed allergies (food and environmental  and asthma. The thing is I have so MUCH information due to journal entries I get so overwhelmed and writing strictly nonfiction can bring back some of the emotions with those situations.

So my question to all the readers of nonfiction out there: Would you prefer a strictly nonfiction book on someone’s life experiences  or would you enjoy a fiction story that is “based on true life experiences”?

I feel personally that writing my experiences in a fictional setting would be easier emotionally for me, but what I really want to write is what my readers prefer to read.

I pray I get a LOT of response to this blog post. I really do want to know what readers prefer regarding this issue.

Thank you so much for you time.

Have a wonderful, blessed day!

Janis

Secret Anguish

Book Update

Well, I am back again and my mind is just going with thoughts of working on Secret Anguish: My Journey to Better Health. However, the book will be separated into several shorter books. Each book will show my experience through certain things and how God helped me through each one. So the books are part my story and part testimony to show God still working in the world, in the lives of His children.

The books I am going to write do not currently have any titles, but the subjects are this:
1)Post traumatic stress disorder
2)Gluten Intolerance
-development of food allergies
-development of environmental allergies
-development of asthma
3)Pre-diabetes (insulin resistance)
-led to obesity
-led to signs of PCOS but not full blown PCOS
4)Fibromyalgia

I have numbered the books in the order I’ll be working on them. I still have some research to do for some of these, but I think for the most part, I can begin work on the first and second book since I have them already written in one stage. I just have to go back through them and make sure they say what I want them to say and remove or add a few things.

At this point, I am not sure if I will have to rewrite the books, but I will take a more thorough look and take notes on what all has to be done. May even use outlines which I’m not usually known for using, but may in this case.

So that is the latest update on the projects I have in the works. Please, keep visiting to see more updates. Thanks for reading! 🙂