- Books, Literature, and Writing
Writing A Wonderful Yet Elusive Profession
Writing What You Love
Writing, something that I have thought about doing for years. I have never had the courage to just do it. Well that is not entirely true, I have kept a journal for almost twenty years, so that could be a form of writing. However, I would loath to put that to the publisher! I have been a writer in some form for more years than I can count, I have always loved to tell stories, be told stories, read stories, you name it. It is a form of escape for so many people and I am no exception.
I was introduced to the Amazon Kindle by a good friend of mine, I was in love! What made it even better was I realized that I could be self published. For so many writers it is not about the money but about the writing itself. I write what I love and I feel complete because of that. If I never make a dime I would die a happy person because I was a writer! I encourage anyone that wants to write to do just that! Write, and write and just keep writing!
Not only have a been writing for years but I have been an avid reader for many more years than that. In order to write, you must have some idea how to write and what you want to write about. Reading books that you love gives you the opportunity to discover what you love to write. Chase after your dreams, you only fail if you don't try! Have fun creating fiction, use your imagination and fly! Don't be afraid to be creative, never sit and wonder what if?
Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt
On Writing a Memoir
Writing your memoir may be something that you have given some thought to, so why not just do it? How to get started on a memoir:
- First you must know why you want to write a memoir, what is your purpose.
- Understand that there are many different memoir categories to chose from
- Know who you are writing for, yourself, your family, or strangers?
- Start by making a list of the top 10 most pivotal moments in your life.
- Then dig deeper, talk to others who were there, what do they remember?
- When writing a memoir it is not like an autobiography, but truthfulness is required.
- Rules for writing a true story include; do not add, do not deceive, and do not invent quotes.
- You can’t attribute thoughts to someone unless they told you that is what they felt.
- Find your emotional truth
- Use those emotions truthfully
- Remember that a memoir can be painfully personal.
- Writing your deep truth will free you from the past and will create meaning out of chaos.
- It will also help to free you from guilt and shame
- You must research your memoir, interview family and friends about things that happened.
- Your memoir needs plot and structure just like any other story.
When preparing to write a memoir you should be prepared for a journey of self realization. This is sometimes not what we thought it would be. The ingredients of a memoir is much the same as any other story, it begins with the voices and views. For example the point of view, your voice, and choosing the time in which the memoir is set.
There are characters in your memoir and they must be believable. After all they are real people that have had some impact in your life.
You get to choose what you want to write about, you decide theme and genre. Your memoir can be about a relationship, illness, travel, adventure, or your business. The choice is up to you. I have been working on writing my memoir and I must say it has been an interesting journey into my past. Once you have decided to take on this endeavor, you must decide if you are interested in publishing it or leaving it just for you and your family. Sometimes revealing things to everyone can be painful, so don’t take this lightly.
On Keeping a Journal
Not everyone wants to needs to keep a journal, however; I find it very helpful in many ways. I have been keeping a journal for over 20 years now, it has helped me to distress and now it is helping me to write my memoir. This is a place where I can write my most inner thoughts and feelings without anyone getting their feelings hurt.
In my journal I can record the things that have happened in my life. I have found comfort in my journal over the years. When I lost my grandparents and could never speak to them again, I began to write letters to them in my journal. It was a way of healing, and a way of dealing with their death. It worked for me.
How do you get started? I bought a cheap journal and began to write in it every day. I would post the date at the top and just start writing about the events of the day. It may seem silly to you, it may seem boring, but someone may find your writing interesting. I record and events and how they made me feel, it may be something that I saw on the news that bothered me, or something more close to home. It doesn’t matter; state the event and your feelings about it.
Over the past 20 years I have gone through 6 different journals, when I am done filling them up I put them in a place that they will not get harmed in case of a flood or fire. Why? Because my journals are precious to me.