8-Minute Memoir

Day 0: We Start Tomorrow

August 16, 2016

Good morning. Hope you’ve had your shower. I sure have. We start writing tomorrow, the first day of school in these parts so go get a new notebook or journal or sketch pad or start a new blog or word doc. Whatever feels the most natural to you (I prefer typing. Others love pen on yellow legal pads). Decide when you’ll write (only 8 minutes!) and where you’ll write (your bed? A desk? The porch? The bathroom?). The main rule for this whole thing is to be kind to yourself. It’s okay if you miss days. It’s okay if you feel like you have nothing to say. There’s no good writing or bad writing. The goal is to just write. Anything. The more we do it, the more surprised we’ll be. Toni Morrison once said: “it’s not being in the light, it’s being there before it arrives.” Til tomorrow friends.

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