Please celebrate with me! My new column, Musings of Memoir, has just launched with New Spirit Journal. Below is the lead, followed with a link for the entire article. I hope you find something helpful, hopeful or handy!
People write memoirs for all sorts of reasons and at all stages of life. Some people know exactly what story they’ll tell, while others aren’t sure where to begin or feel they have nothing worth writing about.
A friend once told me that she could never be a writer because her life had been so uneventful; yet, in the same conversation, and with tear-filled eyes, talked of a child she was sponsoring in Mexico. My eyes welled up. I wanted to know more about the little girl living in poverty in this far-away place. My friend was sharing about a meaningful experience but hadn’t considered it as part of “her” story. When I suggested she write about the girl, she said she wouldn’t know the first thing about how to start.
Regardless of where you discover a story, one of the biggest challenges for telling it is figuring out how to begin.