Think of something that you could do to give yourself an opportunity for more of what you want. It might be having coffee with someone who can give you good resources in which to publish, a person who you might want to do volunteer for on her program to have make your name better known or possibly a place to visit that could enhance your own creativity. Write a piece that would describe each of these three opportunities and see what you come up with. Now turn one of them into a real opportunity. Continue reading “Writing Prompts” »
Janell Moon, MA
Wednesday night support group meets in San Francisco (Noe Valley) from 7-9 pm for writers who want to get going on their writing now and over the holidays.. We meet twice a month in January and then once a month after the first four sessions when we are clear about our motivational styles and goals. Peer support will be set up during this time. Discounted counseling is available before the group starts after a free consultation phone call. Phone services available to all writers.
Whether you’ve always written and published or want to write more, you will find that working with structure keeps you on track. Explore your life through memoir,fiction and creative nonfiction and receive support from a well-published author and creativity counselor. Have a place to showcase your writing and receive constructive positive critiquing. After January and February will be meet once a month at my Noe Valley office to check in with the group and share. Continue reading “WRITE YOUR MANUSCRIPT OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND” »
Be sure to stay on topic. Write a phrase or sentence of what your memoir is most deeply about, for instance: connection makes us human. Write a phrases or sentence of what the chapter you’re writing is about: losing connection to myself makes me lose connection to others.
As you write, check these two phrases and see if what you are writing is stayingon topic. If not, take the auxiliary material out. Maybe it isn’t needed at all or perhaps it can be used elsewhere by blending it in with other writings. Perhapsyou have subplots and will track those topics too which will make your book all the more interesting, for example: care of animals on winter farm and what the freedom of movement (body) gives your protagonist once you move away from the city. Continue reading “Remember the Purpose of Your Memoir” »
In life we often have loose ends in our story. Nothing is really resolved. Things go on anyway. People come in and out of our life and we don’t do much to hold them because we are distracted or don’t care that much. Events come and go and we mean to participate again but we have a knee injury or time goes by too quickly to do it again. So much is started and drifts away. Much is said but not done. We are busy and let things be. We follow up on thoughts and ideas and sometimes, we don’t. In more recent fiction this is shown and called an open endings toan event, thought, idea. We don’t know what happened to that person and what changed her mind. Continue reading “Loose Endings in Memoir” »
It’s always good to keep up a regular momentum. I don’t write at the same time every day but I know I will write in the morning. Sometimes I start at nine and other times at eleven. I know I’ll write in the morning until lunch, even a late lunch. That’s when I write best. Midday, I start to feel isolated if I haven’t been out. I use that time to swim, see a friend, take a walk, do errands and keep up with family up with matters. If I write too late at night I become too stimulated and can’t sleep so I don’t write past eight pm. That is my rest time, my cut off time. I need some relaxation before bed and like to watch a documentary, movie or read.
I read The New Yorker and the San Francisco Chronicle every day and usually have a fiction and nonfiction book going. I like the stimulation of each and the relaxation too. I do this early morning and it helps me get out of myself and keeps my interest in the external world. Writing a lot makes me feel very internal which I like but I do want to be part of my time too. Continue reading “What is a Good Writing Schedule?” »
When you are writing a story that takes place over a long period of time, be sure to let the reader know the timeline. They need to know when things are happening, how much time has passed, and what led up to the event. Don’t let the reader figure it out for herself. That’s too much work for the reader. Let the story bring her along in the flow of the story with a sense of time moving over skipped periods. You can start a list of transitional phrases to help the reader move smoothly to a new time. Add to the list as you think of more:
As time passed by I realized..
Once I realized ___, I could settle into __
For awhile, ..
Content to let my days be filled with__, I let time.. Continue reading “Writing Tips for Memoir: A Story in Time” »
Not writing? Tell your group. Go anyway and say you’re blocked and read what you’ve written about being blocked. Bring anything you’ve written and take part. Ask the group for suggestions and take them. Or at least one suggestion. Ask the group to just listen and make no suggestions so you can feel free to talk and be part of the group.
There’s no shame in writer’s block. Most writers experience blocks from time to time. Write a poem in images of the next part of your memoir. Maybe it could be a stepping stone. Write another with more images and see what you’re writing.
Sometimes I will bring a list of strong verbs to use . Sometimes I write transitional phrases like in other words or thinking of the past, I. I might bring these off assignments to help myself and others write better. Or, bring a passage I love like the last line of James Joyce’s The Dubliners so everyone can hear great, poetic writing. Continue reading “Writing Groups Help with Writer’s Block” »