Jean-Paul Sartre once said, ” The work of art is of value because it has appeal.”
Is that not what our blogs mold us do? I recently mused that I want to write with purpose, but the purpose of what I write must also have appeal. At least if it is to have value, and I would rather make a living at this craft than have it as a hobby or a therapy session.
I am working on a book that best fits into a memoir genre. I am learning that I must be less the muse. It is habit breaking because musing is something I do well. Two writing areas I am migrating toward are what memoir teachers call summary and scene.
Today I made an attempt at summary. I see this first pass as having more curb appeal than my musings alone . Scene is yet to come, but because scene is more in the present tense than summary, it can, and might very well, include dialogue. Dialogue that will have to be partly fictional to accurately recreate a long past moment. It might even become fiction.
Whatever happens, I feel excited about the process. It is appealing to me. I am hopeful it will have value beyond self.