The Writers Journey: A Book Begins
“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.” Isak Dinesen
all writers would certainly identify with this quote. Sometimes, you look at the task and think, “I just can’t do that.” The task may intimidate so that you have difficulty even starting it. This reminds me of another saying that goes, a journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step (or something like that).
I have been knocking around in my head an idea to write a book about my adventures with my mother-in-law and her dementia. I’ve written a few things, and I think this would be a great book for anyone dealing with a family member who is slowly going away one brain cell at a time. Even if it only helped the family, it would be well worth it.
So, how do I begin? I guess I’ve already begun by writing what I have already finished, some of which I could take and some I can’t. If anyone would like to check out the ones I have on Yahoo Voices, here’s the links:
Yes, Mom (a short story)
A Faithful Friend (poetry)
As I sit here looking at her as she nods off again, I think about how I can honor her life. I also think about how hard it is to watch her disappearing, regressing into childhood and innocence, often having more in common with my 2 yo granddaughter than the adult she was. I think about how many stories are locked in that brain. I feel for her during the times she realizes something is wrong. I think about all the other people out there who are, have, or will be taking care of an elderly parent or parent-in-law. I think on these things, and it makes me want to start this journey.
So this post is step one. I hope you all will help me out by giving me ideas, stories to share, feedback, or anything else you think would help me take that next step. Then we can all celebrate when the task “finishes itself” in time. Since this topic has to do with the brain, I am hoping to allow Gram and Imma to contribute their part to this book.
What do you think? About my journey, or about something this quote brings to mind for you. Have you faced insurmountable obstacles? What did you do? Did you keep plodding away until it was finished or did you sit down and not start?