With all the possibilities journaling offers, from simply writing on lined notebook paper to beautiful and complex art journals, I found Quinn Creative’s recent post, Journaling with Words, humorous and enjoyable. Plus, she offers a great journaling exercise to help you identify and acknowledge the creative aspects of your personality. When I saw the exercise, I thought it would also be an interesting way to select and highlight traits of characters you’re writing about in your journal, memoir, or fiction story.
As the leaves turn color and begin to fall from the trees, we turn inward, to our homes and our thoughts. There is no better time to write, and fast-approaching November is the month to take on the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. I took part in NaNoWriMo three years ago, and it was one of the best things I ever did for my writing, forcing my inner editor to take a back seat to the flow of words. George Angus’s post, NaNoWriMo: The Right Rite of Passage for Writers is worth reading, if you want to get a better idea of what NaNoWriMo can do for you. And, though the the idea is all about writing fiction novels, I see no reason why you couldn’t apply your NaNoWriMo month to writing your memoir — you know, the one you keep saying you’re going to write. Sure, the first draft will be horrible. But it will be written. That’s the point.
Speaking of up and coming events, don’t miss the National Association of Memoir Writers’ free (yes, FREE!) daylong online writing conference on October 21st. The general topic is Truth or Lie–On the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction. Even if you can’t be there for the live conference, you can sign up and access recordings later.
For those of you like to visualize and play with paper and scissors and glue, creating your own Writer’s Inspiration Collage might be the way to go. Nicole Zimmerman over at paper-pencil-pen shows you how. Hmmm… sounds like fun…I know what I’m going to do this weekend.
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