So, over the weekend I started working on a little project:
That’s right, ladies and gents. My slow runner podcast is on its way to becoming a memoir. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have already seen this photo but you probably don’t know how this all came about.
So, several months ago I attended a Told event where my friend Alicia was one of the featured storytellers. During her story she posed the question What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Now, I’d had the idea of a book about being a slow runner ruminating in my head for awhile now. I even had written down some quick titles for chapters. But I saw that question from Alicia almost as a direct challenge and soon was sending out queries to both publishers and agents. I got a few nibbles but then back in October got a big ol’ bite.
Before going forward, however, they needed to see a formal proposal. That meant sitting down and focusing on structuring and organizing the vague idea in my head. I needed a synopsis, chapter titles, chapter outlines, and a market analysis. I also needed to write a sample chapter and I ended up using my experience at the Akron Marathon Relay as my inspiration for that, turning it into a chapter I titled The Tortoise and the Hares.
(I know, right? I’m so clever.)
A couple weeks later I sent the proposal off and waited. And waited. And waited some more.
In fact, I’d almost given up on hearing back, so when the official offer came through I gave an audible gasp, not really being prepared for it. I mean, it’s one of those things, right? When you actually do that thing you’d do if you knew you could not fail, at the same time, there’s that voice in your head that sort of expects you to fail. Because most times you do. Most times writers get rejection letters, not offer letters.
But I’m one of the lucky ones and for the next six months I’ll be working on a book!
Last night I was thinking how hard non-fiction writing like this is, but then I realized I do it a couple times a week with this blog. Now, though, I get to go far more in depth and put a bit more creative flair on it. I mean, no one is going to sit through and read a 4,000 word blog post but a 4,000 word chapter is pretty standard. (For comparison purposes, this post, like many of my posts, is between 400 and 500 words.)
ZOMG YOU GUYS. I GET TO WRITE A MEMOIR ABOUT BEING A SLOW RUNNER.
Love from the ashes,