DAY 12 If your book is fiction, how could you change it to make it a nonfiction book? If your book is nonfiction, what could you do to turn it into a story?
My primary writing genre is non-fiction. In March 2015 I self-published Adoption: More Than By Chance, stories of adoptions I witnessed over my lengthy career in the field of adoption. As I’ve written in an earlier blog, over the last two years I’ve read twice as many non-fiction books as fiction. I’ve had little interest in reading or writing fiction.
December 8, 2014 was the day I decided to Go Pro. I sat in the car, reading Steve Pressfield’s non-fiction book Turning Pro, which I highly recommend.
You will remember this day and the place you were and the feeling you had when you decided to Go Pro.
On that Saturday I woke up remembering a dream. Because I couldn’t shake it, I wrote down the dream in my journal. A teenage girl was in my counseling office, confused about life. She told me that when she got pregnant, ‘everyone’ insisted she keep her baby, but her truth was that the baby’s father and his family wanted her to get an abortion. Her older brother told her he would disown her if she aborted the baby. “I did the right thing, didn’t I? I kept my baby, and now no one wants to spend time with me. I don’t have time for school, the baby takes all my time and life is no fun!”
Now as I decided to Go Pro, I realized I have at least one fiction book to write. It will be called: I Did The Right Thing. It will feature this girl. I know she will return and let me tell her story.