Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. ~ Mark Twain
The aim of yesterday’s blog was to stir your emotions enough to motivate you to want to write about the feelings you had when you saw the images.
As promised last week, here is a list of resources for aspiring writers which will be helpful in composing personal narratives or essays. Many of these books are available in local libraries and colleges. If you really want to do your part to support those who are sharing their expertise and experience in writing, order the publications from your favorite local bookstore or on-line retailer and add them the permanent collection on your bookshelf. That way they will always be available!
- 7 Steps on the Writers Path: The Journey from Frustration to Fulfillment by Nancy Pickard & Lynn Lott
- The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick
- Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo, PhD
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
- A Place to Remember: Using History to Build Community by Robert R Archibald
Don’t know where to start? Think of a person, a place or a thing and fill the paper for twenty minutes with your thoughts. In no particular order. Put it down until tomorrow… no cheating and no self criticism. It is what it is.
Return the next day and allow yourself another twenty minutes to clarify the situation and the story. Come back to your work until you have a complete story. Believe me – it won’t be perfect but you will feel good that you have begun down a creative path of exploration and discovery.
This blog is brought to you by EVVY award-winning author Sue Batton Leonard. Do return to All Things Fulfilling tomorrow!