I’m writing a memoir on my experience in Freudian psychoanalysis and my writer friend John, in New Zealand, told me about Patti Miller, an Australian author. Patti’s book, The Memoir Book, describes a cartoon: A man goes to the doctor and says that he has a book in him. The doctor says that happens and he will help him find a publisher. The patient says, “NO, I want surgery. I want this book gone from me!”

Some days I can relate to the patient. But I do not want an incision, I’ll just work on revision.


Do you have a book in you? My beautician said  that she wants to write a book for her colleagues and tell them how it really is to own a salon. What do you want to tell people? What will your book be about? I’d love to know!


CLUE:  Eat your meal cold or room temperature. Use your hands as utensils. Pretend you are camping. 

Image: The entrance to the most beautiful walk I have ever experienced in New Zealand. 

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  1. icky–I LOVED your take on that cute joke: "I do not want an incision, I'll just work on revision." I have been working on a book about 6 formerly incarcerated men for about a year and a half now, and I do not see the finish line any time soon. (Thank goodness this is not a race!) Writing a book is both wonderful and grueling at the same time. I find the different emotional stages so interesting! And, btw, I love the process of revision and would take it over incision any day!

  2. Diane – I so appreciate hearing from another writer! I will try and remember your tactic of finding the emotional states of writing as interesting!
    Thanks for reading and good luck on your book. It sounds fascinating!

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