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” »
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” »
I have been in various writing groups over the past twenty-five years. Some have been very helpful while others have hurt my writing and probably my feelings too which almost made me lose my motivation to continue.
I am lucky I am a person who will hang in and try to see if the group can work for me imperfectly. I’d ask myself what would I get out of it, not what I thought I need. Let’s try it that way for awhile. For instance, I joined in with group of long-term male writers whom I had admired for their activist work with good meaningful subjects in their work. In the group were some men who wrote in an organized linear way. It worked for them and I liked their work too. Continue reading “Writing Groups” »
This post continues from the one before. I have to say that there are times I have been too busy to write with a child or my day job, family or social plans. Sometimes all my time goes into the business side of queries, proposals, agents, editor like the last book that was published, Stirring the Waters. We spent months on the unusual editing. It had to be read aloud to hear the music and if the beat was correct. In the no writing times, I consider it a break from the essential part that I love in order to balance my life with other things that call. Continue reading “How to Motivate to Write and Keep Writing” »
1. Others Can Help You Write
Just as in exercise or weight loss, you’ll do better if you have a partner or someone to report your process to. It helps to feel accountable for what you said you’d do. There have been times all I could do was write one piece for my writing group or write list of characters and their description when partnering with a friend. You can use a writing coach to help you; she can help you for an hour in time of need so you can move on. You only really need one person to be on your side encouraging you. If the first page is too blank, start on page two.
You want to be a writer. It is best then to have a finished and edited piece of work. For you, perhaps, you’ll write a memoir that inspires people to do the best they can. Following your own lessons and words, you start with a product. You show the product to people who read or read/write and listen closely to what they say. You might ask if you can give the pieced again once you have taken their advice and made changes.
(Make the ones that seem correct and leave the rest.) So far, these readers are your audience. Your best audience and they have no reason to fool you. People like to help and want to give positive feedback so make it easy for them with your best writing and listening ear. Continue reading “New Writer Tips for Memoir” »
- We will learn four easy-to-use but compelling creative techniques that will bring in poetic language to your work.
- We will learn how to make memoir into a short story and where to send it for publication. Continue reading “Creative Writing Workshop: Using Memoir as the Vehicle” »
When you write your memoir you can do it by memory and then piece the short pieces together adding transitions between the pieces or chapters. An important thing to remember is that each piece must start with a compelling sentence that leads the reader into the action right away. It’s like a scene in a movie. If you can see it, you are showing us and not telling us. Save the telling for connections between scenes. So, start with action, connect with a bit of narrative, more action (scene) and when ready end with a question, a mystery, a conclusion left partly unknown or sometimes with a conclusion. Continue reading “Collaging Chapters into a Book” »