Friday, May 15, 2015

The Ten Reasons Why I'm Turning my Refreshments Memoir into a Novel

I have decided to turn my memoir-in-progress Nineteen Ways to Destroy Your Rock Band: My Life in the Refreshments into a novel. There are exactly ten reasons for this change.

 Reason #1:

Despite a few hundred folks within my circle, there is not much demand for a Refreshments memoir. I know this because I have tried to sell it. Many in the industry love the idea for my memoir outside the Refreshments aspect, which they don't care for because we weren't the Beatles. Solution? Take the Refreshments out.

Reason #2:

The finished, polished memoir is all of 48k. This is too small. The process of fictionalizing it has freed me up to explore ideas I would avoid if it were a memoir, which means I can get this thing to 60k, which is where it needs to be. No more novellas ever.

Reason #3:

I'm very intrigued by the recent-ish trend in fiction to write more or less straight memoir a la Knausgaard, Tao Lin, David Shields, etc. as novel. I call this Barely Fiction. It used to be you'd write fiction to embellish an idea. Now, many write fiction when they want to tell the truth. This is complicated, but it excites me as a writer.

Reason #4

This means I can have a novel finished by next year!

Reason #5:

It also means I can give One Star--what would become my fifth novel--the time necessary to make it wham-o.

Reason #6:

I've always had a problem with being a little ahead of the curve when it comes to, ahem, market readiness. I released Stuck Outside of Phoenix, set in 1990, in 2003. My second, Ghost Notes, set in 1995, was released in 2008. My third, Badge, set in 2000, came out in 2014. That's really too soon on all three accounts for enough people to feel nostalgia for these eras. This change would put my Barely Fiction effort, set 1993-1998, out in 2017-18, and would have One Star, set in 2005, out in the 2020s. This all makes more sense to me.

Reason #7:

Everyone reads my novels like they're memoirs anyway!

Reason #8:

It allows me to skip the baggage of having to write about real people, giving me just enough cover to make the book more interesting.

Reason #9:

Did I already mention that no one wants to publish the memoir?

Reason #10:

I'll take truth over fact any day.

Yours in laying down the law,


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Unknown said...

While no one seems to want to publish your Refreshments memoir, I'd really love to read it!

Art Edwards said...

You might be the 10th person who has said. Any publication is years away. Let's see how it washes out. You know I don't want to disappoint you people.

Anonymous said...

Art, please believe me when I say that there are a substantial number of people in the Phoenix metro area who forever hold the Refreshments/Dead Hot Workshop/Feedbags/Your Favorite Local Band era dear to their hearts; these individuals might not cross paths on your blog, but they are out there (I'm one of them).

The Refreshments' influence and legacy is felt way beyond the sales and time on the national radar; except for you, none of the other members are willing and/or able to ensure that the history of the Refreshments isn't forever doomed to be a wikipedia entry.

I truly hope you do publish the memoir.

Kind regards,

Anonymous said...

Art, I hope you're still seriously considering publishing your Refreshments' memoir; I look forward to reading it.

Kind regards,