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Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Memoir writing and International Women's DayPositive Inspiration for Today’s Writing Prompt. March is Women’s History Month and tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day. If you are writing your memoir, then you are already telling the story of a woman’s life. That’s important and I urge you to keep moving forward.

But there are so many other women who deserve to have their stories told…or at least a small piece of the story. You know strong, courageous, empowered women. Your grandmother, your mother, your sister, your daughter, your neighbor, your teacher, etc. If you start a list, you will soon have a page or more filled with the names of women you admire, women whose story should be told.

This Women’s History Month let’s share our writing skills by telling the story or remembrance about one of the women on your list.

Negative Inspiration for Today’s Writing Prompt True confession. I was changed by the women’s movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. I saw women standing up and standing strong. I saw them move into jobs that had previously only been held by men. I saw the impact of Title IX. I saw marriages become more equal. I saw a positive outlook on what the future would be for women.

So you can imagine how I felt when I read the words of the Polish politician, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, last week:

“…women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent”

Those words were the negative inspiration for this memoir writing prompt. Progress is never always in the positive, forward direction. Sometimes it goes backwards.

But we can capture and share the stories of one or more of the empowered women we have known. Want to share a story you write this week? Send it along to me and I’ll post it to acknowledge all the positive, strong women in our lives.

Memoir Writing Prompt

1. Write the names of at least 10 strong, powerful women who inspire you. You could just write one name, but as you rummage around in your memory you just may come up with an unexpected and perfect person to honor during this Women’s History Month.

2. Choose one name and think about an incident that lets you showcase the woman.

3. Write 500 words about this woman. You may want to contact her to get some additional details. Or a friend or relative might help jog your memory. You may find useful information on the Internet that will clarify some points. Be sure to let your chosen woman know that she has inspired you in your life and that you are honoring her. If that isn’t possible, perhaps you could contact someone in her family to let them know what you are doing.

4. Be specific. Write about a particular moment in time. Describe the woman as you recall her at that time. Where does the scene take place? What does she say? Are you talking with her or is she talking to someone else? Is this an emotional time? Specifics lets you show this woman rather than just tell about her. When you show who she is/was we’ll better understand why she means so much to you.

5. If you are interested, send your finished vignette to me and I’ll get back to you about publishing on this website what you have written.

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Memoirists — Consider Your Story Structure, Plus Memoir Writing Prompts

by Matilda ButlerJanuary 24, 2017
Memoirists — Consider Your Story Structure, Plus Memoir Writing Prompts

Matilda Butler discusses story structure and provides memoir writing prompts to help you consider your story structure.

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Memoir Writers: It’s August of 2016 and Do You Know What Your Memoir is About?

by Matilda ButlerAugust 2, 2016
Memoir Writers: It’s August of 2016 and Do You Know What Your Memoir is About?

Matilda Butler makes the case for a strong synopsis of your story to guide your writing and to help you market your memoir. She shares four movie synopses to show how a brief paragraph can result in a person deciding to see or not see a movie. Your synopsis will either open or close doors to the writing and publication of your memoir.

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Memoir Writing Advice and Writing Prompts

by Matilda ButlerJuly 5, 2016
Memoir Writing Advice and Writing Prompts

Matilda Butler shares new memoir writing prompts.

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Memoir Writing Prompts: Father’s Day is Coming

by Matilda ButlerJune 7, 2016
Memoir Writing Prompts: Father’s Day is Coming

Matilda Butler shares a new perspective on writing about Father’s Day — with gratitude.

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And Still More on Nostalgia and Memoir Writing: Part 3

by Matilda ButlerMarch 29, 2016
And Still More on Nostalgia and Memoir Writing: Part 3

Post #228 – Women’s Memoirs, Writing Prompt – Matilda Butler
Even More on Helping Your Reader (and You) Remember
Memoir writing requires us to dig deeply into our past, to take an honest look at what we have done, to decide what to share with others. Memoir writing is time consuming and often difficult. That said, delving [...]

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Using Nostalgia in Your Memoir: Writing Prompts, Part 1

by Matilda ButlerMarch 8, 2016
Using Nostalgia in Your Memoir: Writing Prompts, Part 1

Travel back through time with Matilda Butler’s writing prompts using photos that evoke nostalgia.

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