Confessional Style of Writing

Some intellectuals put down the personal or feeling modes of writing. However, there is a place for the confessional style of writing no matter what these literary lions say. Just look at the growth of memoir! People are hungry for personal stories that tell them how you coped with a certain problem or a problem they are coping with. Readers learn from reading others living seemingly ordinary lives who come to some sort of crossroads or we wouldn’t have memoirs that sell. Continue reading “Confessional Style of Writing” »

Writing Groups

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” »

How to Motivate to Write and Keep Writing

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” »

Writing All the Time?

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,working with an editor or promotion and planning. The last book of mine that was published, Stirring the Waters took a lot of editing and agreement, back and forth, between the editor and myself.  We spent months on the unusual editing. It had to be read aloud to hear the music and if the beat was correct. Continue reading “Writing All the Time?” »

How to Motivate Writing and Continue 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.

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Step-by-Step Makes Memoir Easier

Each step is a manageable, doable task. One day at a time, each step takes you closer to your goal. Once you get going, you can also look at:

New Writer Tips for Memoir

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” »

Steps to Beginnng a Memoir/Motivation

Before you begin your memoir, make sure you know why you are writing it. Write a letter to a young person you love in your life and tell her/him what it is you learned most by living your years. What would you most want him to know. This will show the value system you want to show in your memoir: the importance of adventuring and risk-taking, being seen for who you are, finding peace and contentment and ways to do that, living up to an ideal as best you can or helping others to be their best along with yourself. There are as many motivations as there are people. That’s why every memoir has potential value. Continue reading “Steps to Beginnng a Memoir/Motivation” »

Bhanu Kapil and Voice/Memoir and Counseling

Bhanu Kapil was in town from Naropa University and did a performance piece as a red bundle on the floor. With words from her voice on tape we saw her life as a living body, a body downed by migration and loss. She shows through the small movement of her body through the
cloth that she is alive and moving but barely so, a human under assault.

The idea of a voice from the body is one that we all need to consider. How would our story be told from the body? Are you cut off as many are? Would you need to use your body to be in present time and it would have to be your practice? What words are left out of your narrative if your body is barely alive? Joyous, liberty, spunk? What verbs are not being used? Continue reading “Bhanu Kapil and Voice/Memoir and Counseling” »

Memoir Coaching

I’m finding that coaching memoir writing is as individual as the story. Some writers over write and the details tend slow the story and make it sag a bit. Others don’t have enough detail and the writing is more telling than showing. It’s better to overwrite and pull back because at least you have the story there. Continue reading “Memoir Coaching” »