Elizabeth, I agree totally with Rob : seize the opportunity!
And, as he wrote, what's the point of the book? Why would someone who's not kith or kin want to buy it??
Do you want to begin with the high point and then backstory how you got there? How about using a more narrative style? Be sure to include the CONTEXT to help your normal reader understand why the event is notable, etc.
Indeed, having an outline, timeline, or some other structuring device is pivotal. Nothing worse than finding yourself 'in the weeds' several thousand words in!
And, last but not least, love the project yourself: it will help you get it done, and add a shine to your work!
Break a leg (or whatever the equivalent for authors).
PS: maybe most important: set a personal deadline to get it done and work on it a bit every day. It's. job, not a vocation.
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, Rob Britt wrote:
Hi Elizabeth, I know how you are feeling. I had someone come to me with something vaguely similar and it was a 5K contract to write and I turned it down. I was scared I would blow it. It's been about five years since that happened and I would grab it in a second now.
I think it's important to take things to basics. this may help you. What is the purpose of the book? Is it
telling some portion of a life or is it a life arc? Define that and then break it down. I like to do a basic outline. 20 points which turn into 20 chapters. write a paragraph for each giving a 20,000 foot view of what you want to cover in the chapter. develop that with the person who is commissioning you. Then jump off and write the book.
Hope this helps,
Rob Britt [masked]
Author of Write Here, Write Now, No Excuses.
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