…when I completely finish the book I’ve been working on.The first draft is done, but there is still the edits and rewrites. But the main story is wrapped up.
I have had so much fun researching this book, and have found out so many great things about my real-life characters. It will be hard to let go of this project.
I have enjoyed every bunny trail and I plan to keep researching even after the book is ready for publication (I hope it will actually be published!) One of the reasons I will continue to dig for information is that the main characters are based on my mother and her husband who was a bomber pilot. Since they are both deceased, I no longer have the luxury of interviewing them.
How many of you have elderly loved ones or friends that you could interview? You don’t have to be a writer searching for information. For the sake of legacy, consider having some long conversations with those people and find out what happened in their lives. You may be surprised to learn the answers to some family mysteries or just be enriched by their impressions on events and people from the past.
How I wish I had done that. Now I have to resort to long conversations with Google and librarians. Not the same.
At the next family reunion, visit to the nursing home or Grandma’s birthday party, get out your notepad. Keep the stories alive.
You won’t regret it.