The Girl Who Never Was: A handwritten memoir Kate Barrett Author
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Kate, a forty-seven year old mother, securely employed and living in the Perth suburbs, thought she knew who she was.However, a conversation with her sister caused Kate to question the truth about herself, shattering many of her long-held assumptions.Thus began a journey of discovery, and learning how to deal with a simultaneously painful, frightening, and liberating new personal reality. Excerpt from "Author's Note": ......While typing the first draft of this memoir it felt like I was writing a letter to a far-away friend and sharing a very persoanl secret with them. This gave me the idea of making my story into a traditional handwritten letter of sorts, using my own writing rather than a computer-generated font. At first it seemed like just another of my crazy ideas - and I've had a few - so I rather reluctantly rejected it, as it didn't appear to make any sense. After all, there must be a good reason why other authors haven't already done it. But the recurring echoes of a distressing incident which affected me very deeply made me change my mind and I decided to follow my heart rather than my head...........The first drafts of this memoir were typed on my computer, as it's much neater and easier to make numerous changes on a screen than it is on paper. Handwriting a manuscript soon results in the page resembling a literary war zone as unsatisfactory sentences are scribbled out, new versions squeezed into tiny gaps, and paragraphs re-arranged. Luckily, by the time I had stretched my laptop's patience to the limit with umpteen drafts of my manuscript, I was ready to transcribe it onto paper with a pen. Once I had removed the intermediary of the keyboard I felt more tangibly connected with what I was writing, physically forming the words and sentences rather than delegating the task to a computer. And as I had hoped it would, it felt as if I was penning a handwritten letter to my readers rather than just typing it out in some anonymous font. So this resultant tome is the love child of a conventional book and an old-fashioned letter. Hopefully it has inherited some of the strengths of each - the book's capability of reaching a wide audience, while keeping the extra degree of personal connection found in a handwritten letter.


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