WRITING IS THE EASY PART. BUT EDITING?
WRITING IS THE EASY PART. BUT EDITING? THAT’S ANOTHER STORY!
Part 1 of #13 in the Memoirabilia podcast series on How to Write Memoir
based on the book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’
I don’t want to spend forever on editing as there’s already a wealth of information (both in books and online) about how to edit. Much of that information is written by famous writers and teachers far more skilled than I am. So why re-invent the wheel and risk demotivating you in the process?
But I do have one cardinal rule about editing, and you already know what it is:
DON’T EDIT WHILE YOU ARE WRITING!
Don’t do anything that might disrupt the creative flow of thoughts to words. Let me reassure you immediately that I am far from alone in my thinking on this! One of the best books I’ve ever read on memoir writing is by a famous writer…and the last person in the world Iexpected to study when researching how to write memoir: Stephen King. Yes, Stephen King.
I wasn’t even a fan of his genre. But when I came across an interview with Stephen King in Rolling Stone, where King was talking about his latest book (at that time), “Revival”, I became curious about both the book and Stephen King. In that interview, he indicated there were memoir aspects to the story he told in “Revival”. I ended up purchasing not only “Revival” but also Stephen King’s book: “On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft”.
That was one of the best investments in my writing that I ever made. I couldn’t put down that book! King blew me away, not just with his knowledge, but with his wonderfully open, uncluttered, conversational style of writing. For me, it validated my own approach to writing, which as you know, if you’ve read this far, is pretty much straight off the cuff. Person to person. Me to you. I write it as I think it. Or more accurately, as it falls onto the page… (excerpted from Chapter 13 of “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME’)
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