Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Learning from a Winner
It is always a blessing to meet
authors, especially one that you
loved listening to in their book
That was me when I
finished "Girl Meets God" many
years ago. I wanted to hear more
of her voice. I got to hear it LIVE
She is writing another
memoir now. I have not been in
a "class" like this in years. Many.
I've been to lectures on writing, read
books about writing and READ.
Two principles she taught:
1. Do it. Writing is like prayer. Don't just
read about it , do it.
2. Revise. Revise. Revise.
She gave us many exercises to do both.
We wrote and we revised.
Now a few days later, I am thankful for
how it opened my mind to new ways of
seeing. We took a passage we wrote and
revised in by a child's point of view,
made a dialogue , use another sense instead
of sight, description of a person, and
many more. We started with writing our
My Name of this short chapter from
The House on Mango Street. In revising
my orginal writing about My Name , I used
my mother's point of view. That opened my mind
to memory because she has passed away.
I hope to write a memoir for my grand-
children , great, great, etc... on her so
they will know her. That is why I went
and need to do what she said: do it.
here's a link to another blog ( googled)
about a similar workshop Lauren did.