I’m a writer. Yet during this coronavirus shut-down, I don’t find myself writing much about the immediate world around me.
Instead, I’m writing about my life with an invisible disability; writing that will eventually become my memoir-in-essays.
I’m writing in response to calls for submissions.
But the bottom line is, I’m writing.
And I’m also reading.
I recently finished Natalie Goldberg’s Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir.
Whether you’re a writer, or someone like my dad who, during this unprecedented time has begun keeping a journal for the first time in his life (he jots down a couple of sentences about each day), here are a few writing prompts from Ms. Goldberg’s book I’d like to share with you this week:
“What have you waited a long time for?”
“What do you no longer have?”
“What I can’t live without – “
“Where did you always want to go but didn’t?”
“Memoir is taking personal experience and turning it inside out. We surrender our most precious understanding, so others can feel what we felt and be enlarged. What is it you love and are willing to give to the page? It’s why we write memoir, not to immortalize but to surrender ourselves.”