I felt an aha as I watched skaters lift and soar and skiers fly. As writers we create an alternate world beyond our day to day existence, imaginative spaces where something called Story lives and breathes and takes us away from gravity into another realm. Where magic happens, people are inspired to live differently, to love differently. Where people forgive decades long wounds, where hope is forged—through Story.
The voice of Innocence is your younger self, whether it’s you as a child, or you as a teen or young adult. Often you are dropping into scenes from that past as you present the POV of yourself from that earlier age. Your tone, voice, language and vocabulary will be different as that younger version of yourself.
Tips and Resources for Writing Your Memoir in the New Year–by Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Learn how to ask yourself the right questions as you begin your memoir, and read these 12 helpful book about memoir writing. Resources of websites and Facebook pages are included.
I advise memoir writers that the holidays is a good time to do some “research” about family stories. As you write your memoir you discover your memories through writing prompts and digging into your memories as best you can, but it’s amazing what immersing yourself in family can bring up. Being “at home” brings you into the family circle in two ways—as a family member and as a memoir writer.
We need to make room so our creative process and new writing has a chance to expand and breathe. We all know some of the tried and true ways of honoring our creative process.
Facing the Truth as You Write Your Memoir
In my coaching, writers tell me they are afraid the past will come rushing out without permission–and soon find out that what they intend to write is not always what emerges. Sometimes our writing takes us past the barred gates unwelcome memories come rushing out. How can we cope with new knowledge? How can we face our truths, no matter how unwanted?
I didn’t want to know what that small voice murmuring in my left ear had to tell me. I’d noticed it for several months, the sense there was something dark waiting that I needed to discover about me…
A new workshop Writing a Healing Memoir/Spiritual Autobiography starts in January taught by Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers.
In this workshop, we silence the noise of everyday life and dig into memories, tune into writing our stories, and learn the skills needed to write a satisfying memoir—to get all the way to “The End.” This is a process writing workshop, where digging into your memories, finding the threads of what you remember and writing into what you need to say or explore is what it’s all about.
The Formulaic Memoir: What Made Eat, Pray, Love a Bestseller–a course taught by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner
Eat, Pray, Love is a formulaic memoir that works. In this class you will learn the skills Gilbert brings to this classic bestselling memoir, and discover for yourself how to make your own memoir shine by employing these craft techniques into your own writing.
The Craft of Memoir: Wild as a Guide to Becoming a Better Writer is a four-session CD (transcript included) of the course by Linda Joy Myers and Brooke Warner that showcases some of the things Strayed does brilliantly—structure, transitions, flashbacks vs. memory, and reflection–and more.