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

by Matilda Butler on November 7, 2017

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Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #16

These Memoir Writing Tiny Tips are meant to be brief. Sometimes the words just take over. But today I promise to make this idea short.

In the title, I say this is something every writer needs. What is that? Oh sure, you need a story to tell, the patience to learn about effective writing, and the time to explore and reflect on your life.

But there is something that every writer needs and many neglect acquiring…A cheering squad.

Every writer gets down at times. A cheering squad really helps. But even when you are managing to struggle on and you still have your chin held high, a cheering squad lets you know that your hard work is paying off. That you should continue. That the journey is worth the time and energy.

How do you get a cheering squad?

It’s different for each person. Sometimes a good friend, a partner, a sister writer (or a real sister), a memoir teacher or coach, etc. The who is up to you. How many do you want on your cheering squad? That is also up to you. Some people like having several people who can be called on to react to an idea, to read and provide feedback, to just lend moral support to your effort. Others just want one or two people.

Today’s tip is to get you thinking about your cheering squad. Their role is to lift you up so that you can better see the value of what you are doing.


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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Dear Pamela: Advice Column for Memoirists

by Pamela JaneJuly 11, 2017
Dear Pamela: Advice Column for Memoirists

Pamela Jane, author of the advice column Dear Pamela, returns to answer a great question…what advice has helped her the most. What do you think? Is this advice also helpful to you?

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Memoir Writing Prompt: Pick a Word, Any Word

by Matilda ButlerJune 6, 2017
Memoir Writing Prompt: Pick a Word, Any Word

A fun writing prompt to get you writing and thinking about your memoir.

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Memoir Writing Prompt: Writing About Home

by Matilda ButlerMay 23, 2017
Memoir Writing Prompt: Writing About Home

Matilda Butler brings you an evocative writing prompt…one she can’t believe she hasn’t delved into before. See if this gets you writing!

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Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #3: Make Each Scene into a Mini-Movie

by Matilda ButlerJuly 19, 2016
Memoir Writing Tiny Tip #3: Make Each Scene into a Mini-Movie

Tiny Tip #3 suggests you create scenes based on Shakespeare’s five-act story structure.

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Writing Prompt: What a Knee Replacement Teaches Us About Writing Prompts

by Matilda ButlerDecember 8, 2015
Writing Prompt: What a Knee Replacement Teaches Us About Writing Prompts

Matilda Butler shares an unusual look at memoir writing prompts. Then try her physical exercise/writing exercise combos.

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A Visual Memoir Writing Prompt

by Matilda ButlerApril 14, 2015
A Visual Memoir Writing Prompt

Want a new writing prompt that will help you break out of the boundaries you’ve been putting around your writing? Then check out this blog.

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