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I am just finishing up a book with Ricca about her grandparent’s lives, and I want to share an important takeaway from the project.
When we first discussed the book, one of the most overwhelming pieces of the project for Ricca was thinking about when to end the book. Should she go until current day and include all the young great grandkids? Should she stop at her own generation? Or her mom’s generation? Should she include spouses?
It sounds like a small detail, but it’s actually quite important to have a solid and clear ending to a book. Her grandparents had 3 girls – one of which was Ricca’s mom. Eventually we decided to end the book with the weddings of each girl. This created a clean, consistent ending for the book and kept the focus on the older stories and photos – which is exactly what Ricca wanted. And as soon as we made that decision the book became so much more doable. It just sort of fell into place.
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