One of the most important subjects that writers confront is to keep a balance when writing the darker stories that may arise while writing a memoir. In The Power of Memoir I discuss balancing the light and the dark stories and why this helps the writer and the reader.
Secrets are energy magnets. The force it takes to keep secrets hidden is energy that could be used for growth and creativity. So often though, the shame and guilt associated with secrets keep feeding the darkness and the fear. Secrets maintain a great power over us, and we are diminished by them. We become co-conspirators to family dynamics that we don’t agree with and want to break away from.
To start creating stories from your memories, list the ten most important events or turning points, moments that changed your life. Write each vignette one by one, focusing on your emotions and the meaning the story has for you.
I’m so inspired! A few days ago I spent a lot of time with young people who are interested in writing and their mentors. At the Capitol City Writers Conference in Marin just north of San Francisco, I joined Peter Beagle, Jane Friedman, David Corbett, and Seth Harwood among others. Verna Dreisbach, the founder of Capitol City Writers, has developed her nonprofit organization and this conference to support and inspire young writers
I’m very excited today–my friend Sue Silverman’s book Fearless Confessions just won Honorable Mention in the ForeWord Review’s Book-of-the-Year Award in the category of Writing. I’m celebrating with her as I think today of the challenges and joys of writing memoir. For me, her book speaks of some of the most important issues that arise […]