Behind every copywriter, that I know anyway, is a novel waiting to be written. And behind every one of those novels, there’s an excuse behind its non-existence. It’s typically an asinine excuse that is, in fact, easily surmountable – to everyone but Us.
I actually have a few of these excuses, but one of them goes like this: my book is either a memoir or a work of fiction based on the memoir material, and I get stuck on both sides. If it’s a memoir, I’ll be outing people and places, and gasp! myself. If it’s a work of fiction based on the memoir material, how do I change things enough to be unrecognized, but not so much that the story loses its authenticity.
Heavy, right? So heavy that I’ve been standing behind it trying unsuccessfully to move that block out of the way for years.
But, enough psychoanalyzing. I’ve found some inspiration recently.
Her name is Debra Snider. Not only is she a total ball-buster. Not only has she become a friend and colleague over the Twitter/Blog-waves. Not only is she a Champion for women, children and non-profits. Not only is her sense of self and who she is in this world phenomenal. BUT, she also wrote a stunning, can’t-talk-to-you-now-honey-I’m-reading, book, A Merger of Equals, that manages to take her life experience and send it out, fully charged, without getting her hands dirty and while maintaining total integrity.
I’m going to tell you to read this novel because it’s fantastic…but also because it holds that magic balance of fiction and reality supremely. The ‘merger of equals’ for me goes beyond the characters in the book – it’s a brilliant merger of the truth and the story.