Topics

Here’s a list of topics/themes to get you writing. For each topic I’ll give you a little shove–hey, write about this for a while, a specific place and time in your life, a topic or issue, what was happening then. I will provide an example from my own writing.

Start wherever you like. In a project like this, it’s tempting to start at the beginning. “I was born on…” That’s fine. The important thing is you practice telling some stories–what happened to you at a particular time in your life, in school, for example.

Don’t aim for perfection. This guy above looks like he’s suffering. Don’t suffer. Think of this a rough writing, fooling around. You can make the writing perfect later. At the outset you’re trying to establish a process, taking dives into memory, developing the habit of remembering and writing.

For each topic, you might write 3-5 times. Think small, think short. I mean 20-30 minutes a day. I suggest you stay with a topic/theme for a week or so, tell 3-4 stories, recalling what happened and why it was important.

At the end of a week, close out that topic. Post your writing to that topic’s discussion board. If anyone else has posted, check out their work. If you’re working with a friend or two, all the better.

At the beginning of the next week, move on to another topic. Write 3-5 times. At the end of the week, post your writing to that topic’s discussion board. And so on…

COMING:

Once was enough (new things)
Addiction
A death
Departures
Surprises
Frights
Sights
Hangouts
Friends
Special events
Race
The opposite sex
Illness
Tragedy
Embarrassment
What’s the big deal?
Stupid Mistakes
Historical events
Music
Film
Food
Animals