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Memoir Writing Prompt: Inspiration on the Lanai

by Matilda Butler on January 23, 2018

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Nature as Source of Inspiration

Memoir writing promptsRecently, I was having breakfast on the lanai in Hawaii. The gentle breezes brought the scent of the white plumeria blossoms across the table. A pair of Common Mynas flew into the coconut palm, their yellow bare eye skin giving them a soulful look, their chattering voices indicative of their nonstop conversation. In a rare sight the nearby pond’s Black-Crested Night Heron winged its way right past the table. It was probably on its way to another pond with more fish than we have. I scooped a spoonful of the Strawberry papaya from its half-shell and let its sweet fruit linger on my tongue. It was a contented moment.

My mind started thinking about mornings, about the way that the beginning of each day is important to what gets done later that day, about the value of fresh starts. That’s when I got the inspiration for this memoir writing prompt. Hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your appreciation of each day.

Memoir Writing Prompt: “This morning…”

1. Early in the day, before you become lost in needs and the tasks that must be accomplished, try this writing prompt. Write starting with these two words:

This morning…

2. Look around you. Really look. What do you see this morning?

3. Are there special aromas, maybe even ones that trigger additional memories?

4. Are there angry voices, pans banging, the dishwasher spraying hot water on dishes from the past several days? Maybe there are birds chirping or a dog barking.

5. Is the cup of tea or coffee by you? What is the touch of the cup? Of the liquid on your tongue? Is the cereal spoon smooth or cold? What does the napkin feel like?

6. And if this is breakfast time, write about the taste of this morning’s meal. Are you eating something sweet or savory? The taste and the smell may intermingle.

Using all five senses will help you be present in the moment and bring clarity, insights, and memories of mornings past.

Write on! Yes, once you are started by thinking about your early day, keep going. Resume your memoir writing and make some progress today.

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Memoir Author Barbara Jaffe Shares Insights Into Writing and Healing

by Matilda ButlerOctober 17, 2017
Memoir Author Barbara Jaffe Shares Insights Into Writing and Healing

Memoir author Barbara Jaffe shines light on the value of memoir writing’s power to heal. In her new memoir, Jaffe describes how being a “replacement child” caused her to feel inadequate throughout her life and how writing her life story has not only helped her heal but has also allowed her to grow as a person.

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Memoir Writing: Is It the Journey or the Destination?

by Matilda ButlerAugust 9, 2016
Memoir Writing: Is It the Journey or the Destination?

Matilda Butler returns with thoughts on memoir writing as a destination or a journey and how your understanding of these attitudes will influence your writing.

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Memoir Lessons Learned from a Birthday Cake

by Matilda ButlerNovember 17, 2015
Memoir Lessons Learned from a Birthday Cake

Join Matilda Butler as she describes her adventure in making a four-layer birthday cake and all the memoir lessons she learned. Yes, you read that right. Memoir writing lessons.

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“No Running Near the Pool” — Advice to Memoir Writers

by Matilda ButlerSeptember 22, 2015
“No Running Near the Pool” — Advice to Memoir Writers

Matilda Butler shares quotes from a favorite author to illustrate the value of showing down your writing with details. Slowing down your storytelling? Yes, it’s the way to get readers involved in your life story.

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Writing and Healing: The Fifth and Final Hurdle to Publication

by Pamela JaneJuly 1, 2014
Writing and Healing: The Fifth and Final Hurdle to PublicationWriting and Healing: The Fifth and Final Hurdle to Publication

Pamela Jane Bell returns with thoughts on five key steps to seeing your memoir in print. Where are you in this process?

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Rosie Stories: My Mother’s Crimson Lipstick, Part 2 by Angela Kempe

by Matilda ButlerMay 15, 2014
Rosie Stories: My Mother’s Crimson Lipstick, Part 2 by Angela Kempe

How do you write the story of a family member? Today’s author provides one example…telling the story as if spoken by her grandmother. This is the next in our series of Rosie Stories and we hope you enjoy it.

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