8-Minute Memoir

Day 60: I remember when

January 2, 2017

Day 60: I remember when. Today, because it’s a new year, I thought I’d start at the beginning. Write “I remember when” at the top of the page, set your timer for 8 minutes and write whatever comes. If you get stuck, write “I remember when” again and try something else. A few ideas for the new year: 1. Consider doing your prompts centered around one person. Maybe a spouse or a child or a friend. You could also focus on someone you lost, etc. By the end of the year you’ll be blown away by what you have that only took 8 minutes, three times a week. 2. You could focus on a certain time in your life–when you lived abroad, when you were in high school, when you had depression or after a serious setback or a serious success or whatever thing you’re going through right now. After having one of my babies and being so sleep deprived and angry and sad and dripping and overwhelmed but happy and grateful and crying crying crying, I remember thinking I never want to forget this so that when I see women going through the same thing I’ll know what to do, what to say. Now that my babies are older, I have forgotten some of it. The rawness, the agony, the joy. 3. Try just doing one prompt once a week if three is too much. Fifty two weeks in a year adds up. 4. If you write something surprising or unexpected, embrace it. Start another 8 minutes on that topic. 5. William Zinnser who you should look up–especially his essay ” how to write a memoir”–said: writing can also be an act of healing for you. If you make an honest transaction with your own humanity and with the humanity of the people who crossed your life, no matter how much pain they caused you or you caused them, readers will connect with your journey.” 5. Don’t be afraid to share your writing if you come on something that they might relate to or enjoy. Okay. That’s all for this 2nd day of the New Year. Hope I didn’t scare you off. “I remember when” 8 minutes. This is a picture of my family. We were supposed to be hiking but then everyone just wanted to scramble up a hill and roll down again. Kind of like writing, you might start in one direction and end up somewhere else. #8minutememoir

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