Writing A Biography

I am working on writing a biography about my brother and I am finding it increasingly difficult to get my act together. Me, an English instructor and self-proclaimed writer. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for someone who is not used to writing. The problem is I feel overwhelmed. I am writing about a subject that is extremely important to me and I want to get it right. I don’t want to leave anything out and I don’t want to forget anything, either. I am constantly thinking of new things to add. I have created an outline, and even written my first chapter. But now, I am frozen. I have the time to write, but find myself doing everything but writing. I jot down notes and tell myself that I must get started, that once I get started I will be okay. Yet I still procrastinate. Why?

Here are some tips I have given others:

1. Make sure your subject will be interesting enough for others to want to read.

2. Decide on what order you are going to present your material: chronological, reverse chronological, spatial, sequential, topical, cause-effect, problem-solution, or compare-contrast

  • chronological–time order from beginning to end
  • reverse chronological–time order from end to beginning
  • spatial–fitting the information to fit the design of the topic (example: describing the solar system from the outer planets to the sun)
  • sequential–first, second, third, etc.
  • topical–beginning of career, middle of career, end of career
  • cause-effect–self-explanatory
  • problem-solution–self-explanatory
  • compare-contrast–self-explanatory

3. Summarize and adapt the material to fit your audience

4. Decide on a research strategy

5. Decide where to begin

6. Go for it!

For me, I have done all of these things. It’s the “Go for it!” part that I am having difficulty with. I think is it a fear of failure. But if I don’t even begin, then I am doomed to fail anyway.

So, tonight I will start writing.

I promise.

 

The Urge to Write

I don’t know what it is,

But when time is running short,

I seem to want to write.

The urge is so strong,

That I will even write poetry.

Is that what you call poetic justice,

Or poetic license?

 

Second Verse Same as the First

 

 

I hate computers. I hate moving. I hate moving computers. The irony is that I need computers to do my job, and if there weren’t any computers, I wouldn’t have a job.

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The long and the short of it is that I have been moving computers and servers for the last several weeks, hence the reason for my absence.

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I have missed writing and haven’t even had time to record my thoughts on a digital recorder. It has been insanely crazy and hectic and I just don’t like that feeling of disorientation and disorganization. I hope that I still have some readers.

No Time to Write

Hello All!

I have been exceptionally busy this week at my real job and have not had a second to write. It’s very frustrating because I have so much to say and the urge to write is omnipresent. I’ve even started carrying a digital recorder with me so I can put some thoughts down SOMEWHERE, and hopefully get them onto my blog at some point. I’m hoping that over this holiday weekend I can get caught up and back on track.

In the meantime, I have another reblog from Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer. This one called  020: Navigating the Maze to Become a Full-Time Writer: Interview with Margaret Roach [Podcast]. Here is a quick excerpt:

“The path to becoming a full-time writer isn’t always a straight one. Sometimes your career will wind through a maze of experiences and you will be left wondering one thing: Do I have what it takes?”

To read the complete article and listen to the podcast you will need to go here. Enjoy!