A Day in the Life of a Writer, memoir, the craft of writing

Memoir writing: Make a list of memories and then cull from it

Write a list of 25 memories. The note for each memory should be short. Example: the time I sledded into a tree the summer I spent with my brother’s grandma taking the shortcut to school through the woods shooting the rapids in the Santa Ana aqueducts with Mama the night my mother attempted suicide ice… Read More Memoir writing: Make a list of memories and then cull from it

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A Day in the Life of a Writer: Still in the starting process.

After you’ve written several memories down, you can keep going, you can take a wee break and make a list of memories to come back to, or you can pause that part of the process and focus on fleshing out one or more individual memories. Sometimes it’s best to vomit everything onto the page. Sometimes… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Still in the starting process.

A Day in the Life of a Writer, memoir, the craft of writing

A Day in the Life of a Writer: Getting started on your memoir

When you want to write a memoir, it’s difficult to know where to start. You hear people discuss themes, and character arcs, and think, “I just want to tell about my life. Just start at the beginning, y’know?” Yes. And no. Where exactly is the beginning? And the beginning of what? A memoir is not… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Getting started on your memoir

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Character Development: Character Flaws

If you’re looking for a way to flesh out your characters, check out this site: Character Flaws: The Seven Chief Features of Ego. What I find fascinating is how  each flaw is exhibited in people, and why. For example, The Martyr Complex.  Someone with this flaw is convinced that s/he’s persecuted, and believes that s/he’s… Read More Character Development: Character Flaws

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A Day in the Life of a Writer: Wisdom from McKee

I’m reading McKee’s Story along with one of my writing partners, and we’re both finding gems. Sure, screenwriters are the intended audience, but story structure is story structure. My favorite lines so far: “But fact, no matter how minutely observed, is truth with a small “t.” Big “T” Truth is located behind, beyond, inside, below… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Wisdom from McKee

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A Day in the Life of a Writer: Back to GMC

I’ll be writing about how I’m using GMC, which I got from GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon  (Clean link) I’ve begun working on my novel again, and recently had a breakthrough because of an app I found online that utilizes Dixon’s GMC. I dumped what I… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Back to GMC

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A Day in the Life of a Writer: Excavation via fresh hurts

Sometimes I only have a scent.  Ivory Soap. Pine sap. Old Spice. It’s faint, like an afterimage, as Atwood writes in The Handmaid’s Tale. Other times, I catch a memory when I noodle about something peripheral, like the weather of my childhood. And other times, I am knocked into a pit by something that happens,… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: Excavation via fresh hurts

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Exploring grace

My assignment this week with my writing partners is to articulate my definition of grace because I’m finally narrowing my focus on the theme for my WIP, Out of the Woods.  I thought I knew this definition, but when my partner asked me, I fumbled for what I meant. After our meeting, I stumbled across… Read More Exploring grace

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Wrestling with the story

For the past few years I’ve struggled with what I –and others–have perceived to be a gaping hole in my memoir.  Today I realized that the gaping hole is actually the end of that part of my story; I think I need to focus on excavating what I already have and delete what comes after.… Read More Wrestling with the story