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.
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March, 12 2017
Girl Scouts Founded
Were you a scout? It was on this day in 1912 that Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts. Millions of us were scouts, including me and my sister. But we have wildly different memories of the troop. Why? Hint: Our mother was the scout leader. What to do with those varying versions of the same experience?
March, 15 2017
The Ides of March
Right. It’s the Ides of March. What is that again? Come on, now. You do know you have to do research when writing memoir, right?
March, 20 2017
On the Vernal Equinox, the Sun rises exactly in the east, travels through the sky for 12 hours and sets exactly in the west. On the Equinox this is the motion of the Sun through the sky for everyone on earth, with all of us together experiencing the same 12 hours of sunlight. Here in the northern hemisphere, let’s enjoy this first day of spring. How to make something that affects everyone in the Northern Hemisphere uniquely yours? Think in propinquities.
March, 27 2017
Cherry Blossom Festivals
On this day in 1912 some cherry trees got a very auspicious designation when then First Lady Helen Taft joined Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, to plant two of the more than 3000 trees to be planted in Washington. It was the beginning of Washington’s famous Cherry Blossom Festival. Do you garden? Maybe this will inspire you.