Memoir is about writing fact – you are telling the truth. Fiction Writing is about using your imagination. Autobiographical Fiction is taking nuggets of your life experiences and translating them into Fiction. It is a very powerful form of writing. So if you have a burning feeling within to write your story, but you don’t want to expose yourself or others. What can you do?
It’s talked about. It’s feared. It can make a writer depressed. It’s like being caught in a big sticky cobweb. But what is Writer’s Block? How do you overcome it? Personally, I don’t believe in Writer’s Block – to me it just means you are not asking the right questions. You are in a dead end, a cul-de-sac – and you have to reverse out of it. Your story has to change. And how you think about your story, therefore, needs to change too.
KEEP YOUR CREATIVITY FLOWING. How important is spelling when writing a novel or memoir? Of course spelling is important, vitally important! BUT… spelling and editing is primarily a left-brain function, which is not a factor in writing creatively. So when you are writing your story, creatively, and if you keep stopping to correct your spelling… you are effectively inhibiting your creative flow.
Our inner critic is a drag. That tap on the shoulder that drags you down. The ‘I can’t do this’ noise inside your head. It robs you of your creativity. It freezes creative thinking. It blocks happiness! And we all experience it, at some point or another in our lives. It’s time to get rid of it. It’s time to overcome that noise inside your head. It’s time to Kill Your Inner Critic…and go forwards not feeling that tap on your shoulder. Here’s how…
The meaning of the old adage Write What You Know is often discussed by writers. But what does it really mean? Does it mean you write what you know and nothing else? Does it mean literally just write what you know? And how does what you know turn into a compelling story? Is it really such a wise saying?
Is there a difference? The answer is a big YES! In fact, writing memoir is closer to writing fiction than it is to Autobiographical Writing. Except of course, in memoir you are writing the truth, not fiction. So what is the difference? And how do you define your Memoir?