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catnav-interviews-active-3Post #250 – Memoir Writing Tiny Tip – Matilda Butler



Comparison of Memoir Writers and Other Professionals

I went to the dentist recently. She had to drill/cut out an old crown that had become cracked. I like to distract myself by thinking about writing prompts or advice for memoir writers. But really. I could not imagine how my time in the dentist’s chair could possibly relate to writing.

Then I got it. And what I got made me grateful to be a memoir writer rather than a dentist or many other professionals.

Why? I sit alone to write. If I have having a hard time, I look around the room, check the news, or a fresh cup of tea or even a snack in the kitchen. If the paragraph I just wrote doesn’t seem right, I just could a highlight and delete. It’s gone! No one is ever the wiser.

And that’s what makes it so much better for me (and probably for you.) No one sees our “down time.” No one sits watching if we misspell a word. But I can assure you, I would have noticed if the dentist made a mistake.

What Does This Mean for You?

First, appreciate the relaxed nature of memoir writing. Sure it can be stressful. Sure you have deadlines that you need to meet. Sure it can be difficult deciding what to include and what to exclude.

Second, allow yourself to take advantage of this positive situation. Write and write and write. You get to keep working until your memoir meets your high standards.

Hope this Tiny Tip, this thought for the day, helps you find a new perspective on writing. Think about it today and then Get to Writing!

How This Tiny Tip Series Started

The idea for a series of short writing tips came to me while reading the program notes for a chamber music concert. I realized that many (well, ok, most) of my blog articles get to be long and often require you to do certain things — like write from prompts I’ve provided. And while I will continue with this type of longer article because I think they are of value, I realized that sometimes as writers we just want a little bit of information or a small new idea or a thought stated differently. We don’t have a lot of time.

That’s the concept behind each Tiny Tip. Just a nugget to give you something to think about as you go through your busy day.

Enjoy.

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Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #18: Mozart and Memoir Writers Share Same Problems

by Matilda ButlerMarch 13, 2018
Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #18: Mozart and Memoir Writers Share Same Problems

Matilda Butler’s Memoir Tiny Tip series continues with the exploration of why we don’t make as much progress with our writing as we would like.

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by Matilda ButlerJanuary 9, 2018
Memoir Writing: Making the Most of What You Have

Matilda Butler asks you to take a new look at recycling and your memoir writing.

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by Matilda ButlerNovember 21, 2017
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Matilda Butler shares research showing the positive value of sharing life stories with family.

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Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #16: Every Memoir Writer Needs This

by Matilda ButlerNovember 7, 2017
Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #16: Every Memoir Writer Needs This

The 16th Memoir Writing Tiny Tip. Each is meant to give you an idea, something to consider as you go about your busy life.

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Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #15: The 10 Most Influential People in Your Life

by Matilda ButlerOctober 31, 2017
Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #15: The 10 Most Influential People in Your Life

Matilda Butler returns with another Tiny Tip. This one is designed to get your writing about people who have influenced your life.

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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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