Manic Depressive Illness-The Three Cousins, A Book Idea
Posted Apr 30 2011 7:10pm
This post will serve as a starting point for a story/book/memoir (I have yet to decide if I want to make it explicitly non-fiction) I am planning on writing. This “idea” has been floating around my head for the last year and I have finally decided to start working on it. My goal is to intertwine the story with my blog, so as to create an immersive experience. As you all know I suffer from Manic Depressive Illness, and as I pointed out in a previous post I have really fucked up extended family- filled with drug addicts, alcoholics and nut-cases.
However, this project is not about my entire extended family, instead its about three cousins who were all diagnosed with manic-depression. Although we share a common diagnosis, our lives have taken extremely different paths. And that is what I am fascinated in- examining how different people deal with mental illness. Sometimes, it works out and the person in question is able to deal with being diagnosed as mentally ill. However, that is not the case with this story as there is no happy ending. Instead we are left with a tragic example of how damaging mental illness can be for a family.
Sorry for making this sound so depressing, however, I am interested in depicting the actual feelings and emotions each cousin experienced. I don’t know how this story will progress and I am still not convinced it will work out, however, I love to experiment with writing (I have always been fascinated with stream of consciousness writing and how it impacts the reader’s emotional state).
Would you all be interested in a story like this? Or should I just scrap the idea and move onto something else?
My hands are hurting and my brain is tired, so this is where the post will end.