Guilty Pleasures for the Memoirist
by Lisa Dale Norton
|“Here are a baker’s dozen of guilty pleasures for writing-weary memoirists . . .” |
—Lisa Dale Norton
Writing memoir is hard work. You spend hours gazing into your past, mining memories for emotions and details, and coming to insights that can be hard to accept–and then you have to translate it all into a story readers can’t put down. Whew!
It’s easy to get worn out, and to feel oddly lodged in some distant time. The world outside your windows looks foreign. The message on your phone rocks you with surprise–What is this daily concern? Just the other day I left my office after a particularly thorny session of writing and was stunned to find myself surrounded by 2015 model cars, so convincing was the research I’d been doing into the 1940s, and so swaddling the memories of the 1960s I’d been working on that day.
To rejoin the world pulsing around you, you need to awaken your senses–tastes, smells, sounds, and the sensations of the body. Here are a baker’s dozen of guilty pleasures for writing-weary memoirists:
Smelling your world:
Tasting your world:
Hearing your world:
Feeling your world:
|Lisa Dale Norton|
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