Starting a Memoir

I’m trying to do as much planning and preparation for the memoir as possible. The fucking impulsive part of me just wants to start writing, but I know I’ll significantly increase my chances of putting together a solid piece of writing if I do the proper leg work first.

So, I’m reading, capturing the stories I want to tell, trying to figure out what the hell my ‘theme’ will be, putting tools in place, etc, etc. I’m going to dedicate some time every day to it. I’m thinking, this might be that only thing, at least right now, that will actually motivate me to get out of bed in the morning. It feels like it’s the only thing that’s not keeping me from just throwing in the towel at this point.

I even think I found a way to publish (even though that’s getting a bit ahead of myself just now). Amazon has a service called Amazon Direct Publishing that can basically generate a sellable eBook in moments (and, I think, some sort of ‘on-demand’ paperback version). Of course, I want to dream big and sell a shit ton of copies but, honestly, if I can just get something out there and sell, maybe, 100 copies (I think I may have that many friends), I’d be well chuffed.

I sort of want to split out my addiction, eating disorder and other mental health issues, but everything is so intertwined that I really don’t see how that’s possible. Well, I’m sure things will work out.

I’m wondering if I should try to have it done in a certain amount of time. Once I actually start writing, is it good to shoot for x pages each day or y pages each week. I currently don’t feel that’s a huge issue as I feel I have quite a bit to say but, at the same time, I suppose writer’s block can strike whenever.

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