February 27, 2024

"What to do after spilling your guts in a memoir?" (The challenge? 150 words. No more. No less.)


What to Do After Spilling Your Guts in a Memoir

The ending starts a new beginning

Color picture of “My Stroke in the Fast Lane” book cover shows distant shot of a suspension bridge
Photo by Author

I just finished writing my memoir, “My Stroke in the Fast Lane: A Journey to Recovery. I’ve been told that once you’ve written a book, there are feelings of “What do I do now?”

Is it despondency? A big let-down? Yes and no. When I have my wits together, I feel proud that the six years of the practically full-time writing project is f-i-n-i-s-h-e-d. That there is a book! With chapters! And Acknowledgements!

Then I think back to the days and nights writing, and 24-hour obsession with the title alone. Does this work? Is this one better? What about keywords? Do I continue even though it’s flippin’ difficult after having a stroke?

For inspiration along the way, I have a magnet from Strand Bookstore on my desk. “Keep Calm and Write On.” Okay. Fine, but . . .

What do I do next?

Bonni Brodnick
The Shortform

Writer. Creative. Thinker. Humorist. Author of "My Stroke in the Fast Lane" + "Pound Ridge Past." A proud Stroke Survivor. Visit me at bonnibrodnick.com


Pamela Jo said...

You give yourself a big self hug… and then scratch that pen around on the paper, with no intention, and play!

Bonni Brodnick said...

Thank you, Pamela, for your love and support.


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