In fact, the memory is so strong that, before I remember the story, the first thing that comes rushing back to me when I recall the title is the sense memory of sitting in the molded plastic chairs of our study hall.
Not you-first, not book-first, not editor- agent- or publisher-first. Because of the value of momentum, being able to spend 6 days each week on the book instead of just is much more productive.
No need to even restrict your self to a full-length book; you can finish the final draft of a short book, an article, an essay, a series of blog posts, or your manifesto. General interests?
You accidentally delete your whole manuscript. Both require a subscription. With the archival work finished, I could finally see how to plan my remaining research, how to create a practical list of the materials I still needed to find.
Though when I started my research, many historic newspapers sources were available only on microfilm, many newspapers in some cases dating back to the s have been digitized and placed online in the past decade. How every animal seemed a form of me—who I was or what I wanted to become.
These trips to Amarillo were essential because they gave me a clarity of vision as well as the personal experience to write about Texas with confidence. I felt the seduction of history, the belief that through research and writing I was touching important materials of the past, materials that mattered not only to me but to others as well.
I sat among them and listened for something to speak to me. That would mean you need to complete 5, words per day. Thirty years passed before writing spoke to me.