Recently, we told you about National Novel Writing Month, in which participants accept the challenge to write a novel in the month of November. If the idea intrigues you but writing fiction leaves you cold, consider that November is also National Life Writing Month.
Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s through keeping a personal journal, collecting your family’s stories, or visiting old photographs and writing down the memories they bring. Your life writing doesn’t even have to be about you! Choose a loved one or someone else you admire and starting writing.
If you’d like to start recording your memories but need a little guidance, give one of these books a try:
Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach
If you want to get some of your memories down on paper but need help getting started, the prompts and tips in this book will get those childhood stories out of your head and onto the page in no time.
Down to Earth instructions, a blueprint to follow, and real examples make this book a useful tool for anyone who wants to go beyond memories jotted on a page.
Perhaps you’re ready to go beyond just writing down your memories. That’s great! With this book, you’ll learn more about what makes something creative nonfiction and includes tools and exercises to help you on your writing journey.
If you’re taking part in National Novel Month, don’t forget about our Come Write In program. Join your fellow NaNoWriMo participants for a two hour write-in next Wednesday, November 8th from 7 to 9 p.m..