I have realized through writing that I can get to know myself on a more deeper level. It is through the exploratory writing that one does, especially with memoir, that you get to explore what it is that is unique about you. I never knew the joy that writing could bring me. It is through those times of deep writing that one begins to see more clearly. If you are in the process of recording your life story you will experience many highs and lows. Many times as we explore and write, the theme of our life becomes more clear to us. Have you found your bliss? What causes you to smile? A great writing exercise to do is to map out your life in either 5 or 10 year increments. Recording your life story this way will help you see the movement of your life. Is there a 5 or 10 year period that you recall as the happiest time of your life? What about a low time in your life? How did you manage to survive? What advice would you like to leave behind for your children and grandchildren? As you look at your map of your life, you can even graph the feelings you felt at the time. Were you in a job that you loved or hated? How did you feel about your childhood? How do you feel about retirement? Write about the greatest love of your life. There are so many areas to write about, but the best way to write is to just start. Maybe you can begin just by writing whatever comes into your mind. If you still feel stuck try this one…what if you could only take one memory with you into eternity…what would it be? Start small, but by putting your words on paper you just may find that bliss you have been looking for!
- Online Writing Club