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Keeping Secrets

Posted on: February 13, 2010

I keep wondering why it’s so difficult for me to blog sometimes. I get these ideas floating inside my head, but when I sit down to write, I freeze. I think the reason is cultural and generational.

In Ghana, you don’t go on Oprah and pour out your secrets. Your relatives are liable to berate you and your friends shun you. In the history of Ghana, only one writer, Francis Selormey, has written a coming of age memoir and that was when I was in elementary school. He writes about growing up with a rather enigmatic and harsh father. The book was beautifully written though, and we came to see the father’s love, even if we didn’t understand him. Oh, people have written personal essays here and there, but not a full, tell-all memoir. Indeed, Meri Nana Ama Danquah, a Ghanaian writer, has written a memoir about a black woman’s journey through depression. But Nana Ama grew up in America and has learned to be open about her feelings. And now, I’ve written a coming of age memoir. I even talk about sexual discovery; heaven help me! Hopefully, I can hide behind the fact that hardly anyone will know me or bump into me.

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8 Responses to "Keeping Secrets"

And, I happen to love that memoir that you wrote. ann

Thanks so much Ann! I've been terribly busy editing!

I loved your memoir, too. 🙂

Thanks, Tina!

I think you have done such an exquisite job with your memoir; I never reached the end before you went offline to edit, but that just makes me even more hungry to pick up the printed copy when it’s available at a book store near me 😉

Seriously though: brave, evocative, sincere, and eye-opening. A memoir the world will embrace…:-)

What a lovely surprise, Romi. Thanks for the compliment. I’ll remind myself of your comments when I’m tempted to roll around in my bed sweating.

I wish I could rub out my words too – but my fear isn't cultural or generational. I'm just shy and private. Something that isn't normal, apparently, and surely doesn't help with getting published. ;)Corrafrom the desk of a writer

Ah, yes, Corra, you're right. After this, I'm sticking to fiction! Thanks again. You always have something wonderful to say.

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