We'll talk about how to handle writing about loss, that it's easy to write about loss, but harder to make people care about yours. That there's a difference between writing as therapy and writing as literature. We'll talk about Sue William Silverman's "Voice of Experience" and "Voice of Innocence," online at Brevity, in a longer form in her recently published book on memoir.
- Write about a place that seriously challenged your view of the world. Start with physical detail. What is this place? Stay on that level for now.
- Who were you before--and who were you after?
- Write about a place that should have challenged you, but didn't. Think of Jon Krakauer in the first pages of Into Thin Air. For him, not caring was a process. Other reactions may be more immediate--and that's also worthy of exploration.
- How did this make you feel, physically? (Gretchen Legler's Exercise #4)