Writing Memoir is a Kick in the Ass

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“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – Robert Frost

As a Musical Theater major I participated in an acting exercise called The Chair.  In it, a plush chair sat alone in a dark room, illuminated by a single, bright light.  One by one, everyone in class sat silently in the chair.  One by one, as they sat alone with whatever thoughts they’d been trying not to think, everyone in class cried.  The exercise was supposed to teach us to deal with whatever we had going on in our lives, that our acting instrument had to be transparent.  To portray a character as we wanted, we had to know ourselves first.

Writing Class Radio uses prompts and free writing to much the same effect.  I left the first class with four good seeds for stories.  I also left with a story too painful to tell in first…

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