Today, I am going to continue my musing about that elusive “red thread” I wrote about yesterday. In case you missed it, this relates to the writing of my Turkish-American marital memoir.
And in case you don’t know what in the heck a red thread is, a dear friend of mine who is a great writer and editor refers to the “necessary red thread” in any writing one does. As I said yesterday, and I quite like the metaphor, it is the theme that pulls it together, the point that acts like a magnet for all of the words included in any given bit of writing. And it is this red thread that is elusive at the moment while revising of the first draft of my now 300 page work.
Section II: Transition: This section of the book will address what started to happen as M. and I began to get serious and move towards marriage. In these chapters, I will address the challenges we faced as families in both countries were met – and as cross-cultural booby traps began to explode.
Section III: Resettlement: This section of the book is where the true learning and comfort-creation began to emerge. I began see beyond the mystery and glam of being married to a foreigner and we began to make our own way with which traditions we did and did not want to keep in our married life.
And now, as I come back to read this before posting it today, I remember my friend Deonna’s wise and thoughtful words to me in response to yesterday’s post. Deonna is also writing a memoir – and she said “I will tell you something simple, but even I can’t follow it: don’t over think it.” I’m in your club, Deonna, and now I am even more confused! However, I am very certain that the way will become clear!