In my classes right now, we are studying memoirs and William Zinsser’s commentary on writing memoirs. In his essay, “How to Write a Memoir,” Zinsser offers some advice. The four big tenets that we’ve focused on in my class are:
1. Be Yourself
2. Speak Freely
3. Tell Your Truth
4. Think Small
He also gives some very directed advice: sit down at your desk and write daily. Write a memory without the intention of writing a memoir. Write everyday and store those memories. And in three months or six months or however long it takes, take all your writings, look for a common theme, and pull from that your memoir.
As we progress through this unit and I read the memoirs of others, I’m reminded of how much I love memoirs. Some of my favorite books of 2018 were memoirs. I’ve mentioned before just how much I love memoirs. So I’ve decided to take Zinsser’s challenge. I mean; that’s why I have a blog, right? I want to write. I want to be a writer.
So starting today I am challenging myself to write everyday. I may not upload a memory every day, but I invented to be frequent and intentional with my uploads. I intend to share my memories and to force myself back into writing.
Maybe I won’t write a memoir. Maybe I won’t have a single memory worth sharing. But that’s not what matters.
What matters is I tell my story; my true story. I tell the story that’s begging to be told. I don’t need an audience to write. I don’t need permission. I just need to do it.
So prepare for an onslaught of memories. Prepare for a raw and exposed Plucky. Ready or not, here I come.
The Plucky Reader
[…] real. It told his story. It definitely follows William Zinsser’s advice on writing memoirs (which I’ve mentioned earlier I’m teaching to my students in our current unit in school.) Zinsser advises writers to: be […]