How to begin a memoir is always a puzzle. I have written a brief piece on this subject, which Patrick Ross has just posted on his blog, “The Artist’s Road: Creativity, Writing, and an Art Committed Life.” Patrick is a wonderful writer, and his blog is packed with musings on the writer’s craft, and on how to live a life centered on creativity. I am honored to be hosted on his rich and popular blog.
My piece on openings—meant to aid the struggling memoirist—begins:
To open. To open a question. To open the curiosity. To open the emotions. To open up. To open in. To open out toward the world.
These are the basic purposes a writer may wish to achieve with the opening of a memoir. Here are some other objectives a memoirist might keep in mind while creating an opening to his or her story:
-To strike a keynote.
-To “hang the guns on the wall” for the story.
-To set a course…
For more, please go to Patrick’s February 28th blog entry: http://artistsroad.wordpress.com/