Yeah!! I just finished what is probably the 50th revision of my three sample chapters (about 100 pages). Better to revise now than after an agent has seen my work. Of course, I like to revise by hand, which means I still need to print out the latest changes, read them through, and ensure that I didn’t create any new grammatical errors or content disconnects.
My family and I watched the movie “Julie and Julia” last night, about a woman whose blog essentially became a memoir about the year she spent trying to master French cooking. Great movie for all up and coming authors. One theme of the movie is that a woman who spends all her time writing about herself is a “bitch.”
Let’s see, I am writing all about–myself. I spend hours researching events that happened to–me. I am contacting friends to see if their memories of events correspond with my memories of events. In the end, I write a version of events that I can remember. Yes, I would agree that writing a memoir is an exercise in complete self-absorption.
I disagree that this makes me a b – – – – . As a mother and a ski instructor, I still spend lots of time caring for other people. But then, I am working without a deadline. If I had a deadline, I would probably spend even more time in self-absorbing work. Tell me, does being self-absorbed, even for a good cause, make a writer a B – – – -?