Do I need an Introduction? -- Sarah Nicholson
How does one start these things?
How have I found myself here?
Is the mic on? Can you hear me?
Testing – one, two!
|comparing a fashion show|
Oh, to be one of those class acts that “needs no introduction”, a household name that trips off the tongue. You know exactly what to expect, you don’t have to reserve judgement until half way through the set.
Will I be like marmite – love me or hate me? Personally, I can’t stand the stuff – gosh is that the first bit of REAL information I’ve shared about me?
My writing credentials?
Hmmmm, let me think … nowhere near as accomplished as so many Electric Authors. I’ve had a bit of flash fiction “published” on line, I’ve written the church nativity and I’ve been blogging for over ten years. I hope that counts for something.
Why should I go through to the next round you ask? Like a terrifying X Factor judge.
Well, I have a “sob story”, something that will make the readers warm to me, maybe gain me some extra votes…
Everyone has a history, the more tragic the better in some situations.
Here we go in 25 words or less -
Widowed at 42, brought up two sons singlehandedly, when youngest left for university, diagnosed with bowel cancer at 50 and needed emergency op.
Spoiler alert - I survived! I’m still here to tell the tale.
I’m not asking for sympathy but sometimes I find it’s better to get that our there at the beginning, especially as my long-term goal is to write a memoir about grief – you need to know my life experience qualifies me to even attempt such a challenging piece of work.
But it’s so hard revisiting the dark times, remembering and committing my raw emotions to a page. And as for getting them in the right order, to make sense, show not tell, create an interesting narrative etc etc…. It leaves my head spinning.
So, here I am, maybe procrastinating, maybe honing my writing skills, making connections, getting faster at typing – all valid in their own way.
But enough about me, tell me something about you, for instance, what's your opinion on marmite?