FREEFALL WRITING by Barbara Turner Vesselago
(reprinted on this website and in the book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’
with permission of Barbara Turner Vesselago, author of “Writing without a Parachute”
Memoirabilia podcast #17 of the series on How to Write Memoir
based on the book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’
With today’s podcast we move into the second section of the book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’, in which I present a series of articles written by other teachers and mentors of memoir writing. These articles were selected, not just for their fabulous content but because many of them, especially today’s podcast on FREEFALL WRITING, written by Barbara Turner Vesselago, support the approach I took to writing memoir in all 4 of my memoirs and which I have shared in “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’.
I know you will find what Barbara Turner Vesselago has to say of tremendous interest and most encouraging. For a full transcript of this podcast, you will need to pick up a copy of “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’. But here’s a bit of what you will hear in this podcast and read in the book.
Freefall Writing™, the approach to writing that I have evolved over the past three decades, does not concern itself with style, punctuation, or even the conventions of genre. Those are the old chestnuts, easy enough to learn when the time seems appropriate.
My purpose is to help writers trust the writing process and interact with it as they write, rather than trying to control it. The resulting ring of authority, unique to every writer, translates to the reader as “voice.”
To the writer, it feels more like absorption – a deep and vibrant connection with whatever is being written. Writers can take this newfound trust in writing in whatever direction their aspirations lie. As one writer reported after a recent workshop in Newmarket:
“I experienced a dramatic shift in perspective. I knew I had been missing something in the novel I had just written, and now I had it. It was that quality of being truly “in” a character; of inhabiting them. So that their life is your life, and all past, present and future can be drawn upon at any given moment to inform and enrich the story, to create shadows and point a finger. I thought I was well in, but this workshop with you allowed me to see what I had been missing.”
How does this deepening take place? First of all, I believe that in order to do enough writing for it to become truly powerful (and therefore publishable), writers have to become engrossed in it. I also know from experience that much of what happens in writing comes from somewhere beyond the conscious mind. To get out of my own way and let that happen, I almost have to trick myself. Absorption is the key.
Five basic precepts will help any writer to be swept away. First…
What are the FIVE BASIC PRECEPTS Barbara Turner Vesselago is about to share with would-be memoir writers? Listen to the full podcast, or buy yourself a copy of Barbara’s book, “Writing without a Parachute”, or purchase a copy of Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’
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