Trust in the Way You Write: Your Style, Your Organization, Your Schedule

Writers like Toni Morrison or very poetic writers are interested in where “the golden thread is going.” It wouldn’t be fun to write if they knew everything they wanted to say. They write from a creative place and then review and take out digressions. This way of nonlinear writing is a flow from the subconscious and only certain personality types can work this way.

This kind of flowing writer needs help to stay on track and trust in their right brain function. In the United States, we have a left brain culture of goals and time lines of what comes first, second, third. It’s sometimes hard to believe in your way which is different. As we mature, we tend to be able to use both parts of our brain better and can do goals and light schedules and work from the creative part of our brain too. Continue reading “Trust in the Way You Write: Your Style, Your Organization, Your Schedule” »

Professional Help for Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is something with which some therapists or counselors are used to dealing. If you want to hire someone to help you, chose someone who shows on their web site that they have a creative process themselves. You can ask a professional if you can come short term, even on sliding scale if that’s your need, to solve a concern. Many therapists or coaches will say that that’s fine or will refer you to someone who does that kind of work. No harm in asking and it could be of great benefit to you for your writing project.

Some writers like to have a coach so they don’t feel so alone. Usually a coach will be paid by the hour which makes it affordable to you. A coach helps as much or as little as you want but tend to give a writer much more of a structure in the every day. Continue reading “Professional Help for Writer’s Block” »

Memoir as Revenge

What should we do when we want revenge in memoir?

 One thing I would caution you not to write about or do is revenge. It is never okay to write for the public with the motive of revenge. Write your own revenge thoughts in a/your journal for yourself to vent your feelings. Revenge seems to come back to you one way or another: the other will see it and be unnecessarily angry, even justifiably angry, or you’ll move past those feelings and wish you hadn’t published such anger. It’s ok to feel that way as part of your beginning healing process but to write it in first person may hurt you in the long run. And the other.

Write a short story fiction about the incident or short story somewhat fictional tale and send these out for publication. Keep the true facts and people and incident private if the motivation is to hurt someone else. Continue reading “Memoir as Revenge” »

Ordinary Life into Memoir A Plus

Readers are interested in how ordinary people solved a situation and made “good” of it. Famous is fine to read but it’s people like the reader that they can best relate to.

For those of us who live ordinary lives but something happened that seems extra- ordinary, you may decide to write a memoir of what you learned from the experience.  You need to decide when the experience really started and what time period you want to cover. Continue reading “Ordinary Life into Memoir A Plus” »

Contribution as a Reason to Motivate Writing (A Memoir)

Some writers find the motivation to write a memoir by their belief their story will help others. That sense of contribution can really help keep the writer connected to the reader by including only what the reader needs to know about their situation. Also, to contribute is to help another see not your pain but how you got out of a certain feeling, situation, what your turning point happened to be. Continue reading “Contribution as a Reason to Motivate Writing (A Memoir)” »

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” »

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?” »