BEHIND THE BOOK
Tell us the inspiration behind Commitment.
The deadline! I was planning a piece on a local historic figure and hadn’t begun my research, believing I had a couple months until pages were due. I realized the oversight only days prior to the actual cutoff. Annoyed by my procrastination, a secondary character from my work in progress insisted I make him the subject.
I’d like to think it will spark interest in reading more about this famous family and bring them to life in a way history books never could.
Non-fiction writers steeped in their subjects should never lose sight of two critical decisions: what to put in, and what to leave out. Do the research, then accept that not every obscure fact we unearth or long forgotten episode we recall merits inclusion in the final work.
How has OCWW helped you as a writer?
The mix of instruction and inspiration, along with the constant reinforcement of writing principles that flows from our speakers to our collective kindred spirits is an incredible motivator. Every session sparks a new approach or fresh idea. In fact, this piece originated from a writing prompt in Frances De Pontes Peebles’ Time in Fiction class.
CARYN GREEN is an award-winning author, essayist, reporter and indie publisher whose legacy media career spanned decades. Her first book, Overland: Remembering Southeast Asia, is an adventure travel memoir set in the mid-70’s, and she’s in final draft of her second – a train travel tale spun in a fact/fiction mashup she terms 'real magicalism.' Green serves on the OCWW Board as Director of Communications.
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