Monday, September 30, 2013

A Window into a Life

"Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction."                    
          William Zinsser
          On Writing Well 

Tomorrow is the beginning of Jane Ann McLachlan's October Memoir Challenge. It'll be a great way to mine for additional material to include in future rewrites of Mother Up, and for my follow-up book: Mother Enough?.

I have bookmarked my challenge comrades blog pages, and I'm looking forward to reading memoir challenge responses by:

Joy Weese Moll
Amanda Darling
Pearl Ketover Prilik
Katie Argyle
Stephanie Ingram
Terri Rowe
PK Hrezo
Stacey Rene
Claudette Young
Kay Kauffman
Leslie Hauser
Gerry Wilson
Susan Tilghman Hawthorne
Satia Renee
Lara Britt

From Jane Ann McLachlan's page: 

"Week 1: Childhood. I’m sure we barely scratched the rich creative soil of our youth last year.

Week 2: Relationships. Memories or incidents involving our parents, siblings, friends, romantic interludes, marriages, even our children or grandchildren.

Week 3: Secrets. Dig deep, fellow bloggers, this is powerful stuff!

Week 4: Roots and Wings. Memories of home, leaving or finding it, and of travel or journeys.

Week 5: Gratitude and Regret. The people, experiences, choices you are grateful for or that you regret.

Remember these are options: the over-riding theme is memoir and back story, and we’ll all love seeing just how you choose to explore that!"

If you'd like to join in this memoir challenge, contact Jane  @JaneAnnMcLachlan on Twitter, or visit her website at Jane Ann McLachlan.

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