I’m working on a history for my dad about his 20 years in the navy. This is a huge project but right now I’m focusing on the years he was stationed in Key West as an instructor at the Underwater Swimmers School there. He is going to a reunion in May and he wants to take this chapter of his history with him. I’m struggling with getting this together and time is slipping by on me. I think it is the writing that is my road block. Writing is not one of my strengths but I don’t see away around it. Putting together histories for my mom is easier in many ways. She doesn’t expect much in the way of narrative. She is looking more for a gathering of documents, photos and letters. My dad wants something readable. Which is ultimately what I want to. I just feel very inadequate to write it.
I have lots of photos and documents. I have a few memories from my dad so far. I have a rough outline of how I want to structure the book.
- Prologue: brief history of diving and scuba in the US Navy
- Chapter One: organizing of the Underwater Swimmers School
- Chapter Two: first class
- Chapter Three: challenges
- Chapter Four: successes
- Chapter Five: ongoing improvements
- Epilogue: maturing of the Underwater Swimmers School
To get moving forward I’ve made the goal to do some sort of rough text for the chapters, one each day, this week. I did some research today on history of scuba and the navy. Tomorrow I will work on chapter one.
What do you do to help you work through mental or emotional blocks? Do you have any strategies to help me move forward?