today i am teaching a lesson in church about writing personal histories. i think the universe is trying to tell me something. or more honestly, i know Heavenly Father is sending me a message. first, i get asked to speak on a panel at ALT about blogging personal stories. next i receive many vivid impressions to write; a mix of memories from my past have landed in my mind and i know i should write them down. i resist and resist and find other things to fill up my time. then i get asked to teach this lesson about recording personal histories. after more research, prayer and renewed enthusiasm, i want to write again. there are plans in the works to make writing more of a priority, but of course blogging about them will have to wait. among other things i am headed on a little vacation soon. i promise to take my notebook with me. maybe something good will come from those pages. in the meantime, if any of you need a little jump start on writing your life down, i urge you to do some reading (and then some writing).
• How To Write a Memoir by William Zinsser / read this excerpt to get hooked. (it is worth printing and highlighting and saving.) i mentioned his book on the panel at ALT and am thrilled to have discovered Zinsser by chance. i was hurriedly browsing the books on tape at my local library the day before i headed to utah for ALT. fate!! i love his style of teaching about genuine writing. i now want to read everything he has ever written.
• John H. Groberg, Writing Your Personal and Family History. this article is a great one to read if you wonder why you should start writing your personal stories.
• travelinoma.blogspot.com / my mom blogs about writing (she is in the process of being published!) and how to dive into telling tales from your past and your family's history. start here.
• If You Want To Write by Brenda Ueland. / if you haven't picked up this book yet (one of my very favorites), after my years of mentioning (and raving about) it, i may question your judgement.
• remember the last time i got all excited to write? funny how things eb and flow.
more blogging about writing after my own personal version of march madness ends.
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