Plot
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Every good writer/teacher’s chapter on Plot begins the same way: What does the protagonist want? And then, What obstacle(s) stand in the way of getting it? And there it is: your plot.

In my memoir Victory Is My Name, what Vickie wants is what everybody wants, if they only knew it. She wants to be free to be who she really is, and express that real self in the world. She knows, and knew even as a child, that the true Self of Her has value and gifts that should not be hidden, but shared. In the beginning she has no overt awareness of this and no way to express it without breaking the rules, but the urgency of this need will be ongoing through her life. 

The core of the book is the hard path of unlearning the untruths we're taught as children that we unconsciously allow to rule our lives. Becoming aware is step one, not easy, and can only come through life experiences, especially failures and bad choices. (We learn more from failure than success, and the lessons are profound.)

I had to rein myself in from the need to explain everything important. I had to avoid getting teachy or preachy or psychologizing – hard for me – to command my ever-intruding left brain's urge to explain and document the process. Process, it turns out, is Life itself. Explanation and dcumentation, though sometimes tasty and nourishing also, are really just the parsley. So I have placed no diagrams, circles and arrows, or dotted lines in the manuscript. Whoever reads this book will find what they are ready to find. I hope it inspires people to write about their own lives, because the experience of looking upon all these events, joys, sorrows, and mistakes as a disembodied observer, from somewhere else in consciousness, has been heavily loaded with personal epiphanies for me and simple truths of great beauty.

Like most of us, Vickie, my young self, stumbles toward the dim light of something that's unrecognized but urgent. Through decades, the earliest rules and laws she was taught hold her hostage like invisible but impassable walls. Brick by brick, with only bare hands, is the only way to break through. Does she succeed? I will let the reader decide.

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I’m still seeking a few beta readers. If you’re interested, or would like to swap peer-reviews, do get in touch via email — writertowriter@victoriachames.com – or via the blog:  writer2writer.victoriachames.com

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