NO MORE WRITING EXERCISES. I mean it. If you are going to learn how to write memoir, you need to learn to write with intent. That’s my phrase — writing with intent — and I’m sticking to it, since I know how well it has worked for others. Ready to come along?
I begin teaching a new series of online memoir writing classes every month. Please join me. Can’t do that? You can do this: You can chuck your bad habits. In fact, do that whether or not we work together. At the top of all bad habits lists I place the writing exercise and all prompts. Why?
Ask yourself this: Have any of those writing prompts, books of exercises, or morning pages ever gotten you published? Has writing from the right side of your brain, or getting in touch with your angel’s feather, or scribbling pages put you where you want to be as a writer? I doubt it. I suspect that those manners of nonsense have instead stolen what little time you had for writing.
How do I know?
Because the memoir classes I’ve taught for more than 20 years are filled with people recovering from those very exercises, people whose sole relationship to writing was practicing, not writing for real. Along with my regular Writing What You Know weekly workshops, and one-shot Memoirama sessions, I’m half way through two sections of Master Classes of seven people, each whom made the commitment to finish their books by the end of June 2017. They are writing for real.
Want to join the wave of success? Please start by having a look at what memoir writing resources I offer. Let’s get you writing instead of practicing, ok? Let’s teach you how to write memoir. Let’s get you writing with intent.
Want to work with Marion Roach Smith to write memoir? I now teach four online memoir writing classes, and work as a memoir coach. Come see me and let me teach you how to get started writing memoir, how to move your writing along, or how to finish what you’ve got.