Hello and welcome to the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group(IWSG) blog hop! Don't you love going to meetings in your jammies, no make-up, and snacks at hand anytime you wish? I do.
|Internet Writers Support Group Blog Hop|
First Wednesday of every month.
What is IWSG? Founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.
The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month. The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page.
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Hello Fellow IWSG'ers and Visitors who happen to stumble in on this monthly meeting. You're all welcome to help me with my insecurity today.
I don't understand why this is such a problem for me, so I'm sharing, hoping you can help me work through this.
My current WIP is writing my memoir. Oh yes, not a life story. I've led workshops on life story writing and have written lots of vignettes about my life. In fact, I am passionate about encouraging folks to take time to write or record their life stories.
|Thanks to my daughter's gift card, I just purchased The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr|
A memoir dives deeper into emotions and takes place during a specific time period in the author's life. My story is during the first year we started our flower and greenhouse business. Not only do I need to make it first person, but it has to be personal and true. If I decide to publish it, it has to be interesting to the public, not just to my family, and have a message that will help the reader realize she can overcome obstacles she faces to build a worthwhile future.
I found out when penning my latest mystery/romance, Deadly Undertaking, it was difficult to write because my main character was so much like me. The story was loosely based on my experience as the daughter of an undertaker. I had to separate myself from the character and make Lauren her own person.
Now I've discovered, actually writing about me and not about a fictional character in a fictional place is a LOT more difficult than creating a murder mystery or romance. Who knew?
Have you tried or actually written a memoir? Do you have any advice for writing about your life? Any experiences or helpful book titles you found would be appreciated.
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