November 3 Activity: Let go of having to write deathless prose on your first draft.
What you are accomplishing during November is Memoir Writing Month is getting the flow of your story down in a first draft.
Remember that perfect writing is the enemy of good writing.
Too many writers forego the pleasure of having a good memoir in favor of waiting for the perfect one. Perfectionism hides in many guises:
- “I don’t want to make a fool of myself, right?”
- “What’s the point of writing anything if I don’t get it right?”
Depending on whom you are aiming your memoir to, you will have to do more or less polishing. An audience of family and friends is not as demanding as an audience of literary strangers. But, whichever you aim for, let go of having to write deathless prose on your first draft.
We have helped many people whose lives demanded to be recorded but who themselves were not writers to create interesting and well-written memoirs.
We listen to you speak your story. We ask you a multitude of questions. Then we get to work writing. We come back to you with text and you make lots of corrective comments and we ask you a whole lot of new questions. Then, we go back to writing again.
Over time, your story develops into a memoir—one that you have shaped at every stage of the writing process.
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