I did a presentation and signing a few months ago. The women in this audience were from rural areas and identified strongly with Farm Girl. At the end, one lady sat there longer than all the rest, and with tears in her eyes she said, "I thought I would have more time to get my mother's story written. She died last year. She was only 72."
Since then, I have thought many times of this lady. And many others who have read Farm Girl and related similar sentiments:
"I have pages of my life story written, but I don't know how to organize them."
"We can't get my folks to talk into a tape player."
"Oh how I wish I could do what you did. But I'm not a writer."
"I don't even know where to start."
"My dad traveled all over the West. He was a cowhand. He told me stories of his life, but I've never written them down."
"You wouldn't believe my life. It would make a great book, if I could only get it written."
Common thread-- "I wish I had started sooner." But there is no sooner. There is only today. And tomorrow. Are you ready to begin?