Friday, October 21, 2016

Want to Write a Mid-Life Memoir? What's Stopping You?

There comes a time in every house move when you look around at all the half-filled boxes and wonder if it's even remotely possible that you'll be able to pull this off. For me and Tom, that time is now.

We're packing our fragile possessions in bubble wrap and filling out change of address forms. We're sorting through memorabilia and trying to decide what to keep and what to toss. And we're telling each other stories about the old things that we held onto, partly in an effort to avoid assembling the next box, and partly in an effort to connect with each other and share the personal history that a dusty relic represents.

We all have stories we want to tell – sometimes privately with a frantically packing spouse – or sometimes publicly, with the whole entire world. And it's never been easier to get our personal stories and experiences out there. With free blogging and self-publishing options, everyone has an opportunity to let their voice be heard. But sometimes, like packing up an overflowing bookcase, there comes a point in the writing process where it feels like finishing the task is frankly impossible.

A few weeks ago, I received a free review copy of the book, Creative Visualization for Writers: An Interactive Guide for Bringing Your Book Ideas - and Writing Career - to Life by Nina Amir. It's a fun new workbook for people who want to write, and it serves as a gentle guide to help figure out what exactly is standing in the way of us living our dreams.

With over 100 exercises and prompts designed to ignite dormant creativity, Creative Visualization for Writers is made up of meditative activities like adult coloring, new age techniques like positive affirmations, and real-world advice about everything from writing rituals to book promotion. Not every exercise is intended to resonate with every reader, though. It's more like a big meal served buffet style – allowing each person to put together a special plate of things that will nourish her body, mind and spirit the best.

Sometimes when we're busy, we forget about our dreams. Then one day, our world gets shaken up a bit, or we come face-to-face with an evocative item from the past when we're packing up to move. But even then, sometimes it still feels safer to keep our truths imprisoned in tattered boxes, to hide them in the back of a closet, to push them into a deep dark place where we're sure they won't be seen.

But often by mid-life, our experiences start to get antsy. They start making noise at 3 in the morning, shouting "Here I am!" They demand to be fully explored and examined when we really should be sleeping. They're tired of living in darkness, they say. They want to move into the light. They need a creative outlet and they won't keep quiet until we give them one.

If you've ever dreamed of writing a book or a memoir, but don't know where to start, pick up Nina Amir's new workbook from Amazon, and start there.
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