I gave away free copies last weekend of the Kindle version of my award-winning guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit. I hope you got yours!
That felt good, so now I’m happy to give you the Secrets at the Soul of Writing Mother Memoir, once again, free for the taking. But with a added bonus. Follow me…
For a long time now my secrets to writing well included 10 Secrets. Last fall I added the 11th Secret. Today I’m adding Secret No. 12:
Secret No. 12, INNERSEARCH : Search inside yourself for memories and their meaning. Use Innersearch to go deep inside the realm of your subconscious mind. Let go the outside world and open yourself up to a new awareness.
The next two paragraphs, which define what I call Innersearch, are taken directly from my book. Reading the book, however, is the only way to master this technique.
Innersearch begins as a conscious, truth seeking effort into the subconscious realm whereby discovery and appreciation of your mother’s true character and spirit supports understanding of that most basic relationship. As a TellTale Soul, you will use this essential, enhanced memory technique to tune out the outside world and move inward in search of memories and their meaning.
Innersearch is not a time or place for intellectual thought. It is a state of being. It is a place to first simply allow an opening into the subconscious mind through a willful intent to disallow judgment and reasoning. Innersearch further develops as a process through which the feelings and emotions connected to people, places, and incidents can be purely taken in at a deep level. Any new awareness that occurs can then be contemplated and integrated into your consciousness.
Keep following me, and I’ll share the 11th Secret at the Soul of Writing.
Secret No. 11, Consistency: Write often to keep your energy flowing, and make it a habit. Your work is affected not only by your energy level but also by the constancy of practice no matter the writing environment you have designed and designated as your own. It is essential to pick a time to write when you are most alert and distractions can be held to a minimum so those all important creative juices will flow freely. Then schedule a block of this time in your daily or weekly routine that is set aside strictly for writing. Make a standing appointment with yourself, your memories, and your writing. Form a consistent writing habit by giving yourself two months to make the pattern stick, and you’ll achieve success.
The following is one of the early writer prompts taken from Act One of my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit, that will help you become consistent. Keeping the reason why you want to write uppermost in your mind, WRITE out a detailed plan for when and where you’ll write and the length of time you will devote to it. Spend at least thirty minutes designing this all important plan. Don’t make vague statements—I will try to write each morning before work—be specific in writing this agenda. You will succeed in your plan when you use declarative terminology and by making a practical, personally achievable plan. For example, “I will write on my laptop computer from 9 to 11 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday in the cozy alcove of my living room surrounded by the music that sets me in the mood for writing my memoir.” This example is to the point, but you will make your plan personal by filling in complex descriptions of where and when you will write. You will add supplemental elements to enhance the time spent writing in your newly created space, making it a home of comfort and the place to achieve success.
Click this link to read the first 10 Secrets at the Soul of Writing. One day soon I’ll redo the list of 10 Secrets making them 12 in one concise format.
The Story Woman says, “Use Innersearch to make a difference in writing your bio-vignette.”