One thing my memoir students ask me is, “How do I go about writing my story?”
I tell them, “One word at a time, one day at a time, in the way that works for you.”
You see, students enter the class with mounting fear that they’ll do something wrong. They fear that their writing isn’t good enough and that no one will want to read their stories.
Once they get that sorted out in their minds they shrink under expectations and perfectionism.
Each of those things can paralyze a writer if we let it.
As much as I can guide them and teach them the tools they need to write, they need to step out and follow their instincts and tell the stories they need to tell. Some will need a strict structure in order to get their story down, while others will flourish by just sitting down and letting the words flow.
I try to teach my class to strive for somewhere between the two.
I have found that creativity can thrive within a structure. And free-flowing creativity will need to be shaped into some semblance of order.
Either way, the destination is still the same.
We get to share the power of our stories.
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time, she reviews books and interviews authors on her website. She also teaches seniors in her local community to write their own personal story. She writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Member of ACFW. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband, their two children and two cats.