The more I write or do other things such as tweak this site, the more I think about writing. I’m not talking about the act of translating thoughts into words but the other aspects of this project.
“Lordy, what have I gotten myself into?” she asks.
That’s just the first question that comes into my mind, not with panic or desperation but bemusement.
I have questions that will need to be answered; however, it is early days yet and not time for serious research.
You’ll notice a couple of new pages here, including “I’m Published! Sort Of . . .”. I had completely forgotten until last evening that I had been a guest blogger on RVParking.com a while back.
Thinking about writing . . . I have written my own press releases related to my Reiki practice and fundraising for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in the past. Years ago, I wrote an article for the Houston Bicycle Club newsletter describing The Melon Patch Tour, a charity bike ride in Texas. I don’t think I have a copy of that newsletter any longer and, heck, it looks like the ride is now defunct. It was, however, an absolute hoot of a tour and a weekend I will always remember.
I will even admit that I “prostituted” myself a few months ago, doing copywriting for video ads. Yep, got paid for it. It was fun, creative, good experience and brought in a few bucks.
“Questions? What are her questions?” I hear some of you whispering. Just so I am not labeled a tease, here is my first priority, one which I would like to be comfortable with having an answer before I go too deep into the actual writing.
When writing nonfiction, a memoir, a collection of experiences in which the people, places and events are real, how does a writer naming said people, places and events, prioritized in that order. Is there a disclaimer to be put at the beginning something like, “These are my personal opinions, views and recollections of people, places and events.” I’m talking from a legal standpoint. Do I dance around actually labeling people with names – “he,” “the person,” – or do I make up fictitious names? Do I get permission from all these entities to use their names?
I won’t be slandering anyone with regard to illegal activities, immoral acts, etc., but recounting experiences from my perspective – both the positive and sometimes what was hurtful to me.
Well, you just had to ask . . .
Thanks for stopping by! Now go write!