WRITING WITH ABANDONMENT!
WRITING WITH ABANDONMENT!
#3 in the Memoirabilia podcast series on How to Write Memoir
NOTE: This post is NOT a transcript of the actual podcast…just a taste of it!
With so many books on how to write memoir available on Amazon and elsewhere, you may well ask “Who needs your book, Viga Boland? Why should I buy “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME?”
I get that…completely. But if you don’t buy it, or don’t listen to these FREE podcasts of all the chapters of my book, you’ll never know, will you!
But let me sum up my answer to your question this way: what you will read in just about every other book out there is the same kind of thing you were taught in school about writing i.e. Use vivid descriptions, create believable characters, use dialogue, show don’t tell, check your spelling and grammar, use your thesaurus to find stronger words, and edit, edit edit before going to print etc etc.
And you know what? All those books are right! You do need to do all the above, BUT
YOU DON’T NEED TO DO IT WHILE YOU ARE ACTUALLY WRITING!!
Does that look like I’m shouting? I know…it does. But here’s the thing: if you try to keep all that in mind while you’re actually writing, you’ll never et your memoir finished. What you need to do is let everything go and WRITE WITH ABANDONMENT.
Abandonment of all the things you learned.
Abandonment of all thoughts of grammar, spelling, punctuation.
Abandonment of concerns about should you add this or take out that.
Abandonment of worries about who will be mad at you if you write this or that.
Abandon all of it until you’ve written the bloody memoir! Yes, I did swear just then. You see, I write exactly what I’m thinking when I’m writing…and I edit later. Not that I’m going to take out that “bloody” in that first sentence of this paragraph. It’s there to demonstrate my point.
My point, of course, is to write with abandonment. And my book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME!” is aimed at MOTIVATING you to write with abandonment. By all means, go ahead and spend a small fortune on all those other how-to books. I did that too. But it was when I was actually writing my first memoir that I knew writing with abandonment was the only way to start writing and keep writing that memoir.
Look at it this way: when humans first ever learned to cook, did they consult recipe books? Not damn likely! When you studied the driver’s manual to get your license, did you know how to drive a car? Ha! You learned the rules of the road all right, but when you got behind the wheel and actually drove, that’s when you learned to drive a car!
It’s no different when it comes to writing your memoir. And that’s why you should read my book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME!”
Till next podcast, over and out!
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