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Write Your Story: Even if you’re not the best writer

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

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By Danielle Bernock

September 29th, 2012, is the day I started. I sat down and started writing my story. It’s the story of my journey from lies to truth, trauma to healing, and bondage to freedom. Before that day, I‘d thought about writing many times but never did.

Why write?

Writing your own story is scary. Sharing your heart, your secrets, your pain and even your victories is scary. You ask yourself questions like: What if I sound stupid? What if no one cares? What if someone actually reads it and laughs?

Fear is the biggest wall a writer must scale to write.

While the What ifs intimidated my mind, another word encouraged me; the word a man once used to describe my writing. He called me a wordsmith. I’d never heard the word before. It sounded so beautiful. It arrested me. His comment was regarding an email –…

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Memoir or Revenge

Live to Write - Write to Live

Memoir is among my favorite work to read and write. Apples_01
No matter how ordinary, there is something quite wonderful about a life well lived, well loved and well told. That’s a great thing about memoir; interesting stories are not the exclusive domain of the powerful, rich or famous.

Writing memoir makes you vulnerable. Like all writers, you put yourself out there as an artist, for people read and critique. When you write memoir, you also put your life out there. You invite people to read about the choices you made, your mistakes and your successes. Telling your tale opens the door to admiration, condemnation and everything that lies between.

But what about the people you met along the way? While you choose to tell your story, your family, friends, colleagues and enemies didn’t. They didn’t ask you to bare their souls or share their wins and warts. So … should…

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Am I Telling a Good Story?

Beth Holmes

SLJI recently had the opportunity to hear Sally Lloyd-Jones speak, and she said something that resonated with me and that I immediately wrote down:

The question is not, am I a good writer? The question is, am I telling a good story?

While that certainly applies to my writing (and is something that I am striving for), I think there’s a bigger question. Am I telling a good story with my life? Am I leaving the kind of legacy that I want to leave? Do people describe me as only a good person or as someone living for the glory of God? Are the things that I create of lasting value, or do they just survive for the moment?

We all tell some sort of story with our lives. Your story is what makes you uniquely you. Some of us tell stories with great heartbreak and loss. Some of our stories…

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Getting a Strong Start on Your Memoir

The Write Stuff

pumping iron therapyMy advice is to find a half hour in the morning, before your day gets upon you, to write. It’s one of the best creative times of the day — because you can carry forward your subconscious dream work into the writing. Plus, the interruptions of the day that can pull you off your creating haven’t surfaced yet.

— How to start if you have not begun? Think about this: What is the question you are trying to answer with your memoir? The question can change, and it usually will. My own memoir started with “How did I make that happy two weeks of baseball with Nicky? Where did my optimism emerge from?” It has evolved to “What lessons from my father changed my fatherhood route with my son? How did I change the rules for a perfect game?”

If you’re free-writing now, that’s good. Prompts that are helpful are…

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