by Brooklyn James (Author of The Boots My Mother Gave Me, An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter Finalist)
I enjoyed reading Robert French’s guest blog about depression and its correlation to writing. His blog got me thinking about my own relationship with writing.
The completion of my first novel, The Boots My Mother
Gave Me, was a New Year’s resolution. I had no intentions of completing a
book. The coming of age Dysfiction is about a young girl overcoming an
abusive childhood. Growing up in a dysfunctional, abusive household, I had some
excess baggage I needed to drop off at the dump. My New Year’s resolution was
to do just that through a cathartic written exploration of my life experiences.
I started the writing process with a nonfiction approach. At page 70, I hit a
roadblock and simply could not continue. I started over with the mindset to
follow my innate storyteller in remedying my experiences by allowing myself to
throw in some fiction here and there, which I found to be much more tolerable
than real life. I always ask my readers: If you could rewrite the script of
your life, what would it be?
I am in no way delusional about my childhood or how I have
chosen to process and allow that experience to shape me. However, I found it
quite liberating to rewrite it, coming to terms with and mending what was
broken in the words of my story. It is the cheapest and most rewarding therapy
I have yet to experience.
Being a singer/songwriter in the Live Music Capital
of Austin, Texas,
I was in studio with production of my first full-length original album at the
same time I was purging my story. While in studio, I realized some of my tracks
shared titles with chapters within my book. And each song title that shared a
chapter title was in fact inspired by that moment in my life. In my mind, we
had no choice but to combine the two, as both the book and the album were created
out of the same vein, so to speak. So, was the birth of the original music
soundtrack to accompany the novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me.
We were invited by our local PBS affiliate to do a televised
forum…a combination of literature and music. We did readings from the novel
interspersed with acoustic music performances from the soundtrack, providing an
emotional underbelly to each scene, much the same a musical score does for a
movie. We called the forum, Creativity Is Therapy. To this day, all the
gigs, book signings and appearances I’ve made, that was the most memorable…the
most prolific for me.
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