I have a passion for words and people not sounding like idiots when they communicate. It’s a cause near and dear to my heart.
So it drives me bonkers when people have an important message and waste what they have to say on poor delivery. Here’s how to stop doing that and write like pro.
I was at a restaurant the other night. Naturally, I was reading the menu. I was trying to decide if I wanted to eat a second dinner that evening. (Yes, that’s right, second dinner. Don’t judge.)
That’s when I saw it. It hit me hard — like a squirt of lemon juice to the eye.
For years, I struggled with calling myself a writer.
I wrote and wrote and wrote. Yet, I was waiting. For what? To become a writer.
I doubted myself and told others I was an aspiring writer. I secretly hoped that one day I would get someone’s permission to call myself what I knew, deep down inside, I already was.
I met Marion Roach Smith online several months ago through this blog. She told me that she teaches people to write memoir — a nonfiction writing genre I am particularly interested in (both as a reader and writer).
I read Marion’s book, The Memoir Project, and was blown away. It’s approximately 100 pages of practical, entertaining inspiration that will get you sharing your most (and least) favorite memories in a compelling, interesting format.
It only seemed fair to share all the riches Marion was sharing with me — with all of you. So I asked her for an interview.
It will happen. At some point in your writing journey, you will get stuck.
Call it writer’s block, the Resistance, or laziness.
Whatever the name, the point is this: It can keep you from doing the one thing you need to do. So when you need help writing, here’s what you do…