Feel Again // Thoughts from writing a memoir
[This blog post first appeared on the Invictus Writing Project‘s website.]
My memoir-writing class had one assignment for tomorrow: write one of the 12 scenes that makes up your story, preferably an emotional scene, a turning point.
Easy enough, right? A simple 500-800 words. Wherever the keys lead me. I should be able to do that in my sleep!
Instead of writing what I knew I needed to write about, I avoided tapping into the mindset needed to write this emotional scene. It was too raw, too difficult. I didn’t want to go there.
Writing is hard. Good writing that is, as Brad, our professor, has told us many times.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, once an emotion has been unveiled and dealt with, once the essence of what you are writing is clear, it’s easier than making a batch of cookies (something I’ve been doing since I was 6 years old).
It’s the reliving the past that gets me.