Starting to write can feel like this. Awkward. Uncomfortable. Totally unfamiliar. And like everyone else is better at this than you.
Just close your eyes and dive in. Remember any words you write can be fixed up, corrected, and changed later. But a blank page can’t be edited.
So pull out a pen. Top off your coffee. Take a deep breath. And begin.
Maybe you already know where you want to start. Maybe you have no idea — you just know you want to write. Start somewhere. Write about how not-knowing feels, if that’s where you are.
Think of facing that blank page as a form of mental yoga. It’s a discipline. It’s a spiritual practice.
And you get better at it as you go along.
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Everyone loves a good love story. And love stories make an especially wonderful addition to a life story or memoir!
- Maybe it’s that magic moment you first saw your future wife or husband;
- Or the accidental meeting that brought your parents together.
- Maybe it’s the high school sweetheart you loved and lost – but never quite forgot;
- Or the first time you heard someone breathe: “I love you.”
Everyone has a great love story to tell – what’s yours?
This Valentine’s Day, add that special love tale to your memoir!
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Life isn’t humor-free. Don’t forget to capture those silly, awkward, and downright hilarious times in your memoir, too!
- What pranks did you play on friends and family — or got played on you?
- What stunts did you pull as a kid? (And did you get away with it, or did you get caught?)
Tales of our days as little angels aren’t nearly as much fun to read as those about the times we were little devils.
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For us memoir writers, the small stuff really is the big stuff. Great stories often spring from really humble things.
- Mom’s pin-cushion, always at the ready to mend a tear, re-attach a button, or stitch up a hem.
- The smell of baking bread from the kitchen.
- The flat stones by the ocean that you learned to skip on the waves.
- The hayloft where Grandpa caught you reading instead of doing chores.
What simple things were ever-present in your early life? What stories do they bring to mind?
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