Don'ts

DON'T write about events that you feel uncomfortable telling or are too emotional about. Personally, I'm not exactly sensitive and writing about most life events is a comfortable, pleasant task. However, life does knock us down sometimes and there are events in my life when I feel as if words cannot portray the level of despair and pain I felt in the moment. To counter this, I find acknowledging the significance and the difficultly in retelling these events helps the reader grasp the intensity of said event. Additionally, talk about how these events make you really feel. For example:

"Reader, it is not pleasant to dwell on these details. Some say there is enjoyment in looking back to painful experience past; but at this day I can scarcely bear to review the time to which I allude; the moral degradation, blent with the physical suffering, form too distressing a recollection ever to be willingly dwelt on" (pg 382).

Here I directly mention exactly how my specific hardship had an enormous effect on my life. This effect, in its entirety was detrimental and I do not wish to tell the world exactly what lows I sunk to. In avoiding an elaborate description, I have managed to maintain my dignity and self-respect while giving the reader an insightful summary that perfectly supplies just enough information.

DON'T give up on yourself! Sometimes writing for long periods of time can cause restlessness, discontent, and discourage you from finishing what you started. I understand how this feels and I even noted it in my book: "restlessness was in my nature; it agitated me to pain sometimes" (Pg 130). No matter how dark things get while writing, remember all the reasons you wanted to tell your story in the first place. When you're ready, pick that pencil back up and get your typewriter ready! Motivation comes from within.