I think of joy like a lighthouse light that we have to tend, especially in the darkest, stormiest weather, to serve as a beacon for others. The work of the purposeful memoirist is to share our stories to help light the way for others coming alongside or behind us on the journey of life.
As writers of our own life stories, we have the power to transmute negative emotions like sadness and rage to positive emotions like acceptance, love and joy. And when we share such a story with others, our experience has the power to positively impact theirs.
It’s not necessary to tell all; it’s just necessary to have a clear sense of purpose; to understand why we’re sharing what we choose to include in our memoirs.
This month, follow the passionate pathways of love in your life….
What would it be like to write a version of your life story that focused on “counting your blessings”?
One of the great challenges and joys of memoir is trying to recreate in words the sensuous experience of the places that have had great impact on our lives. Sometimes it’s for a positive reason—the place you fell in love!—and sometimes it may be the backdrop for some dark memories: a hospital or an unhappy […]
I’m here to tell you—for a writer, daydreaming is a crucial practice. It is NOT wasted time.
When you get to a block, be compassionate with yourself. Sit by the river of your own mind, and listen quietly, without haste or urgency. With patience and persistence, you’ll come to hear the singing in the flow again.
Love is arguably the emotion that matters most. We are born loving, reaching out blindly for our mother’s love, and continuing to search for love our whole lives, bending toward its warmth like a flower swiveling its face towards the sun. Love is universal, but the key to writing about love successfully is sink down […]
Lately I have been reading Edith Wharton’s memoir, A Backward Glance, and I am most struck by the early chapters when she describes her childhood. The young Edith was a dreamy, sensitive child who loved nothing so much as rambles in the countryside, and who was devoted to her dog. “The owning of my first […]