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Writer’s Journal; Synopsis and Chapter Titles for Memoir

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Here’s the short synopsis and chapter titles that I promised you. Whew! Just in time for tomorrow’s start of Camp NaNoWriMo.

My Virtual Camp NaNoWriMo

My Virtual Camp NaNoWriMo

Draft of short SYNOPSIS for The Patient Patient Advocate

Memoir series, Souvenirs from My Heart, centers on debut author, Patti Hall’s, year long battle for her husband’s life. She chronicles Paul’s brave and humble struggle through Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant, and Graft Vs Host Disease. The first book in the series, The Patient Patient Advocate, bridges the topics of love and loss, from the other two books in the memoir series. This book offers sage advice for those who find themselves in the role of caregiver/advocate for someone they love. It is the story that the author and her husband worked on while he was hospitalized; the story Paul wanted her to finish. From diagnoses to hope to hospice, Hall grabs the reader by the hand and heart. She takes them with her along the couple’s unforgettable journey through the often frustrating healthcare system, with humor and heart wrenching honesty.

Draft of CHAPTER TITLES for The Patient Patient Advocate

*Our Story: Pre-diagnosis to Hospice

*The Bad News First…Hey, Where’s the Good News?

*Hospital Staff; Nothing Uniform About Them

*Patient Care: Body, Mind and Heart

*Camping Out In Hospitals; No S’mores Allowed

*Tools of the Trade; When A Hammer’s Not Enough

*Paperwork Jungle; Before, During and After

*What We Did For Love; A Closet Full of Hats

Okay, everyone, there it is. This is my pet project for the next 30 days in the virtual writing Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). One of my virtual buddies, Marie Bailey is a cabin mate, and our friend, Ellespeth (Liz) is signing up to be in our cabin too. Looks like the other roomies are four teen authors-to-be. Marie will have to be our leader, because she has done this before:>) Don’t tell her I said so. Wink Wink.

Notice that both items above are DRAFTS. That means I’m still open to community input, comments, questions and critiques. Jump in and tell me what you think.

Wish me luck,

Patti

Author: Patti Hall

Writer, daughter, sister, mom, niece, grani, and friend. Works-in-progress; 3 children's books, some poetry and a memoir series, "Souvenirs from My Heart." Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the beach, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy. I am a widow (2009), lost my sis in 2012, my aunt and a precious grandson in 2013.

21 thoughts on “Writer’s Journal; Synopsis and Chapter Titles for Memoir

  1. Is this a for real camp? Your draft is very easy to follow and really pulls me in to read the final. I was there in a lot of ways during this time in your life but I look forward to see from both of your viewpoints, Pauls and yours and hope to get a better understanding of that time. ant

    • It is a virtual camp, ant. Why, did you want to go and sneak into all the yummy food?
      You sure were there in a lot of ways; the important ways!
      Paul’s input was usually like, “We gotta put that in the book. Someone should have told us about this.” Ok, there might have been a few expletives, but you get the idea. Stay tuned.
      xo
      p

  2. It’s 12:07. No cussing in the cabin! Hahaha!
    This sounds great! So many people need guidance and you’ve such a caring way about you. I look forward to the next month.
    Good luck and see you at camp! **hugs**
    Ellespeth

  3. I think the synopsis and chapter titles are great, Patti. Ellespeth, looking forward to seeing you at camp 🙂 I have serious doubts about my leadership skills, but hopefully a fun time will be had by all 🙂

  4. What great chapter titles!

  5. Clever title choices! What a great start for a crazy month of writing. This was a great idea.
    Love Gwen

  6. It’s always inspiring to see ideas and writing in process – thanks for sharing!

  7. You’ve grabbed my attention. Looking forward to reading the content these titles will hold. Whit and heart galore promised in them.

    • Not doing much with the REAL bike, but I have a stationary one that works the arms to. It is on my new little porch that my friend built. The computer thing is odometer I think:>)
      Thanks again for hanging out here!
      xo
      p

  8. Hi Patti! I’m so glad that you found me, we have a great deal in common. I’m really excited and looking forward to reading more of your blog and sharing our writing journey as we are on the same path…and I wish you every success. Sherri 🙂

    • I wish you the same, glad to share in this with you. I’ll head back over your way to read some more today. Make yourself at home here. I think we are the same age too, if I remember right.
      Take care & we’ll visit again soon,
      P

      • Yes, I’m 54 with three grown children but no grandchildren…yet! I look forward to more visits…Thanks Patti, have a lovely day 🙂

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