Time Traveling With A Pen — memories and memoirs
I’m not here right now. I’m over on Kathy Pooler’s fascinating blog Memoir Writer’s Journey posting about how to locate memories and use the techniques of creative writing to write about your own experiences.
I start with a quote from Proust that I like very much:
In the broad daylight of our habitual memory the images of the past turn gradually pale and fade out of sight, nothing remains of them, we shall never recapture it. Or rather we should never recapture it had not a few words been carefully locked away in oblivion, just as an author deposits in the National Library a copy of a book which might otherwise become unobtainable. ~ Marcel Proust French writer 1871-1922
And this is the opening paragraph:
The American philosopher Suzanne Langer argued that memory shouldn’t be thought of as a noun – a storehouse or recording machine – but as a verb, an activity. Revisiting our younger self and the world we once inhabited is not easy, but there are ways of unlocking the words that can trigger the past and bring it back, vivid, detailed and authentic. Sometimes a chance encounter will do it. A scent carried on a breeze can transport us to a specific afternoon in childhood or an overheard conversation can spark a flashback to an acne-dominated adolescence. But as a writer, you can’t trust to luck.
Please visit Kathy’s blog. I’ve included a writing exercise that is specifically for writers who want to look back at their own or their family’s life. While you are there do stay awhile and look around Memoir Writer’s Journey. I’ve been a follower for about eight months and I was first attracted to it because so many people said that they found it inspirational. If you read the other posts I think you will see why.
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