Memoir Bits

Writing journal

Writing journal (Photo credit: avrdreamer)

Just a short little post tonight, but had a couple of things about memoirs I thought were worth sharing. The first is a cartoon I thought was a very apt description at how readers, including myself, pick out memoirs to read : Roz Chast’s Memoir Spectrum.  There are some memoirs, though they may be well written and interesting to some, which I will never read unless nothing else was available(like on an island with one book).  I have to flip through a book a little and be able to connect to it on some level.

The second thing I discovered tonight was Scoop.it from a posting on facebook.  I haven’t had much of a chance to play with it, but the little I did, it looks like another social media thing much like Pinterest.  I was really excited, because the links posted on facebook to Scoop.it were on Memoir Writing.  There was oodles of information on memoir.  I had to contain myself as I can get a little click happy.  I’m usually pretty good, but it can be a struggle to make sure I do not overdo my time with social media.

Well, I have to work tomorrow at my paying job, so I’d best be cutting it short and get off the computer.  I’m going to go write a little.  I’ve been in a poetry mood lately, but am beginning to write another memoir as well.  Memoir is truly one of my favorite forms of writing.  I think everyone should write their stories, even if it is for yourself or to pass on to a family member one day.

Inspiration for Writers

Ernest Hemingway Writing at Campsite in Kenya ...

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Yes, I have a thing for used bookstores.  I found another interesting book, Beating the Odds :  Getting Published in the Field of Literacy by editors Shelley B. Wepner and Linda B. Gambrell.  Even though this book is geared towards those in the literacy field, I thought it had quite a bit of useful information for any writer.

I found several inspirational quotes from other writers in the book :

  • Edward Fry – “there is only one kind of author who never gets rejections:  the author who doesn’t submit anything”
  • E.B. White – “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
  • Ernest Hemingway – “For a long time now I have tried to write simply the best I can.  Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.”
  • Bill Wheeler – “Good writing is clear thinking made visible.”

I thought a good idea would be to start writing inspiring quotes I find on sticky notes and put them up in visible places near my desk. Online I started to pin inspirational things I find on a board at pinterest. Pinterest can be found at http://pinterest.com/ , just beware you can waste time there and get sidetracked from writing. My thinking is if I surround myself with words of encouragement and things which inspire me, it will help me hang in there even during the discouraging times.