If it isn't scheduled, it doesn't get done.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
When my mother died, I got a lot of her papers, including my father's autobiography. In his family, it was customary to write a life story. Many of the earlier generations waited until they were over 60. My dad was under 25. He died before he was 55.
Reading his story made me want to add to it. After I wrote a small part, I asked my brother and sister for help. They told me it was my story to write because I have the best memory. My son read it and wanted more. That computer got replaced.
After a 2-yr hiatus, I grabbed a spiral notebook and started writing when I was 'in the mood.' I realized that parts of the story are in the first person creating natural chapter breaks. There is so much I want to include - his amazing brain, how he dealt with people, how he treated his family, things he did, his interests. Eventually I might have to condense 20 or 30 years into a moderate number of pages. However, the first step is to put everything in writing without filters or restrictions. Then go back and determine how to organize it. Finally will be the writing and rewriting before printing/publishing.
The most important thing, I've realized: if it isn't scheduled not much gets done.