Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Memoir Journal Workshop: Day 24

I led my writing group this week. We have been meeting for seven years come October 11. We take turns coming up with prompts. The whole concept is based on "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg so I have been revisiting that book. Not a bad idea to do that on a regular basis anyway, it is one of the most inspiring books for writers I have ever read.

The prompt I used was from her essay titled "A Meal You Love."

     "If you find you are having trouble and nothing seems real, just write about food. It is always solid and is the one thing we all can remember about the day . . . When it comes to food, people know what they like, are definite, concrete, explicit . . .
     "Write about foods you love most. Be specific. Give us the details. Where did you eat it, who were you with, what season was it in? What was the best meal you had last week?"

Besides being a great prompt that you could probably do over and over from different times in your life the reminders to be specific and give details will be what makes your memoir interesting and special.

Seven more memoir prompts:

What did you want to be when you grew up? Did it change over the years?

Tell about a visit to the mountains.

Were you ever in a scouting program (or something similar)?

What hobbies have you had over the years?

What was one of the first movies you ever saw? Where was it?

Describe some of the neighbors of your childhood home.

Did you ever witness a crime or accident?