GO ON, TRY my interactive calendar of emotional high holy days, regular-version high holy days and more. It’s probably my number one memoir writing tip, since writing on deadline, or to a deadline, is one of the single best ways to learn how to write memoir.
How to Use the Memoir Project Calendar
Hover your cursor over a cinnamon-colored date to see what pops up. Use it to start personal essays, radio pieces and op-eds to submit on deadline. How? Look three months out for radio ideas; six to twelve for magazine pieces. Pluck something from the calendar and start now to submit the very best work you can produce.
Here is how to stop using writing prompts and writing exercises, those time-wasting devices leave you merely practicing writing. You want to write with intent, and you want to succeed. So start today and do so.
Write with intent: Pick it, write it, submit it. Read and react. You’re a writer. That’s what writers do. So write on.
December, 2 2017
The Season of Lists
Making a list? ‘Tis the season for it. I love lists, my favorite being what not to do when writing memoir. Check it out.
December, 6 2017
White House Christmas Tree Topples
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it was on this day in 1970 that the White House Christmas tree fell over. Well, this happened to me when I was a kid, right in our living room in Little Neck, New York. That incident is on my to-do list for a personal essay. That is, just as soon as I figure out what it is about.
December, 9 2017
Clarence Birdseye Born
It was on this day in 1886 that Clarence Birdseye was born. You know Birdseye. Among other things, he was the first to market frozen peas. I frequently write about food, and have an entire category devoted to food memoir on my blog. Feast your eyes on that for some inspiration.