Happy Mother's Day!!!
So far, mine has been relaxing and yummy.
In terms of the writing, I went to my first workshop yesterday. It was a one day class on personal essay writing. I got some good tidbits and met some interesting people but I need to find something that is more tailored to what I need help on, structuring a book, finding my voice, working on style etc. I am looking at taking a year long workshop that is being offered by a writer in my neighborhood that meets every monday night. It might be perfect but I'm a little hesitant because of the long commitment and the price.
As a friend recently said, the most important part of writing a memoir is finding (or revealing) your voice. That's been tough for me. You would think after over a year of writing on this blog I would have found my voice but every time I sit to write about my life in "memoir" form, I start to write in a way that I think books should be written as opposed to just talking in my own voice, with my own quirks and faults, which is what I need to make my voice authentic.
Though out my life, my best friends always told me that I should write a book because I would tell funny stories all the time about growing up in a crazy family. When I told them that I was writing a memoir they were thrilled. One said, "what will be different about your memoir is that the stories will have your quirky and crazy sense of humor." I told her that I just didn't know how to write funny. Everything I write tends to sound like a sociological analysis of the need to belong and be loved. It's so preachy and sappy. Why can't I make it funny and light and say the same things about my life? Is it funny to be a kid that leaves her country at 8 and never feels quite right again until she meets a man that loves her so completely that he gives her a sense of belonging she's been searching for since childhood? How can I make that funny? I'm sure there's a way.
I'll will try and figure it out. I will either succeed, which will be totally awesome, or fail, which will suck but will give me more material for the stories I tell people at parties!
Today I'll be thinking about how to bring out my own voice in print.
Any suggestions welcome! :)