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An Essential Song
Finding The Song: Living After Attempting Suicide
Writer's Digest Judge’s Commentary for FINDING THE SONG: Living After Attempting Suicide:
The author is to be commended for her courage in not only learning to value her own life, but in deciding to write her story. There were many places in the book where I felt deeply for the author as she relived what were surely very difficult memories, all for the admirable purpose of helping others. Making sure the reader is immersed in the book and connected to the author is essential here, and author handles that well through a conversational tone and a light-hearted energy.
We soon see that light-hearted energy as a surface layer on top of pain, and we’re already connected to the author, feeling empathy for her suffering, hoping for her. Well done. Nice structuring and timing as this essential connection is formed and refined. I loved the analogy of the astronaut on a severed lifeline, just floating around. That brings great emotion of the disconnect. Some excellent phrasing, such as "I could see life going on around me, but I couldn’t find a way to be included in it."
The author has written some fabulous emotion, perhaps helping the reader tremendously by outing confusing feelings into images and experience description. The visual of medical staff playing tic tac toe on her skin is so moving, disturbing. We feel helpless and bound as well. This is a good example of how author made a difficult memory an experience for the reader, on any scale of experiencing it. Sensory detail like the pen on the skin say a lot, and deepen the narrative. Throughout, any scene that is shared via telling what happened can be made more realistic and more moving through creating a scene with dialogue, movement, sensory details, setting and inner dialogue. I see several scenes I would have loved for author to turn into sensory experiences, such as the eating disorder clinic where setting would have allowed author to use her great talents for description.
The story’s structure is excellent, pace flows, voice remains consistently welcoming, and reader trusts and admires the author. If possible, let the reader feel more of what the author went through. Nice job. Again, very brave of the author to share her story. It’s not easy to access difficult memories, especially when you may still be healing from them. But author has done a terrific job of crafting her story.
"Finding The Song" is Available on Amazon