Writing a book is a frustrating but exciting experience. Non-fiction is so very different from fiction. I love fiction, it is what I choose to read when I’m not researching for the book. But I don’t think I could write it. Dialogue is tricky and the infinite care needed on descriptions and plot is intense. I respect anyone who has the creativity to imagine another world and portray it with color and finesse.
I wish I were more like that but I’m not. I’m serious-minded, analytical, fact-based. But writing non-fiction can be a beautiful thing. “Radium Girls” was a very creative work; it read like fiction.
Exploring these women with their people focused gifts is a treasure trove of fascinating people. There are so many women who have achieved great things, there just aren’t as many who have gone through extremely traumatic experiences and because of those experiences are achieving great things. I have researched many women so far and finding the right women is like searching for a needle in a haystack.
When I come across a woman who meets the parameters I am seeking it is like unwrapping a present. The things she is doing to benefit the world draw me to her. Her story evokes sympathy and a certain admiration that what she has achieved has affected many people. I want to know more and I believe others will feel the same way when they read the book.
But, getting the manuscript written correctly and in a timely manner is, of course, key. Do I have a thumbprint on something others will be drawn to or am I only seeking my own desires? That still remains to be seen.