Sunday, December 21, 2008

My Little Secret

Not that I don't have enough going on in my life right now, but I do have a tiny little secret that I'm ready to reveal. I've only tossed this around with my mother, and whimsically at best.

I'm thinking......of.......writing a book. With a lot of help of course. Because, well, I don't write. I love to write (ask every single teacher I have ever had) and used to be really good at it, but now? Eh...not so much. I'm 31 and gave up on my writing dreams and ambitions a good 13 years ago.

However, I have stories. LOTS of great stories. Wedding stories of course! And who doesn't like to read about weddings? Especially the nitty gritty behind the scenes tales. Everyone loves a good train wreck.

Now, I fully realize that the plethora of wedding books and guides are out there for the masses to consume. So, I need an angle that's different. I think I might have it, but I can't blow that little secret here of course.

My other dilemma is that it's probably not the smartest career move to be telling tales of weddings past when I'm still fully engaged in my business. As I've said before, I've had some crazies where the stories are miles long, but for the most part I've had the BEST brides ever. I mean that. To this day some of them have turned into true friendships for which I am going to be forever grateful. However, even the best of the best have some stories involved! Actually, my friend Stacey who started out as one of my Fall 2007 brides probably has some of the best stories ever of her wedding planning days and the big day itself. But what if you weren't my friend and you found a story in a book that was clearly about your wedding day (names withheld of course)? How would you feel? Maybe I have too much compassion in me or something, but it's the only thing holding me back. I don't want to hurt feelings. The business side of it is obvious too....who wants to hire the wedding planner that writes a book about you?

So, weigh in. What do you think? Perhaps I start tackling this monster project and just see where it goes. It's not like a book can be written in a short amount of time. It will be a long process at best and due to the angle I think I want to aim for, it may take even longer.

Dreams. Ambitions. Goals. I'm surprised sometimes that my DNA doesn't just explode from some of my attempts.


Jessica said...

Do it! Use a pseudonym if you have to.

saundra, event engineer said...

You're not alone. I think several of us are already writing......good material, no?

Stacy Guthrie, myweddingfilm said...

I'm impressed! I have lots of wedding stories too but to put together a book is a whole 'nother thing! Good luck and I hope you do it, writing a book would probably be very therapeutic as well as a great additional credibility factor!

Rebecca said...

I told you this from my first post. I think you'd have a ton of funny stories to tell..... similar to the "Nanny Diaries", or "The Devil Wears Prada". Go for it!

Jenhenn said...

I think you should do it! you're too sweet of a person to be too unkind, even if it was warranted! Go for it, I will be the first one to buy a copy =) I hope I have a funny story to go in there!