“Your life is only a starting point, a cliff from which to leap into the great sea of human experience, or fly over it with new wings.” Writing Life Stories, by Bill Roorbach
My recent interest in memoir writing has led to some fascinating instructional reading on the subject. Writing Life Stories is proving to be a treasure trove of information and inspiration. Roorbach has scattered numerous exercises through the book which really pay off in terms of generating ideas for personal writing. Here’s one of the best ones so far:
Make a map of the earliest neighborhood you can remember living in. Include as much details as you can. Who lived where? What were the secret places? Where were your friends? Where did the weird people live? Where were the friends of your sisters and brothers? Where were the off-limits places? Where did you get in trouble?
I was amazed at the memories that came flooding back as soon as I started my simple block drawing, memories that were all fitting starting places for a good story or personal essay.
Writing Life Stories is a great resource for anyone interested in writing personal creative non-fiction.