So the best approach for this assignment is to write a letter to the young woman I was years ago that decided to write a nonfiction book. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea where to start doing it. And I had no idea how to finish doing it.
But that didn't stop me.
And I succeeded.
So a letter to myself back then as I began what would become a long journey would go something like this:
You might not know what you are doing right now, but you will figure it out as you go.
Trust your instincts as a researcher and as a storyteller.
Think outside the box.
Don’t expect so much of yourself.
From Your future self.
As I read back over this letter, I realize things haven’t changed all that much after all. I still need to remember these things today.
So maybe this is a letter to my past self, my present self, and my future self.
Carla Killough McClafferty
|Book cover of my first nonfiction book for young readers. |
THE HEAD BONE'S CONNECTED TO THE NECK BONE: THE WEIRD, WACKY AND WONDERFUL X-RAY.
Published by FSG.