Homework for Safety Harbor and Largo Story Circle: September 2013 “Life is Hard.”
Structure – we are working on story structure
Whether writing a 300, 600, word piece or a book, reduce your story to a one-idea sentence.
Your framework can be for chapters (if book or long story length) or for our purposes of a 600 word piece – just a few sentences for each.
- Is hard
- Really hard
- You get
- A good cat
- To live with
Now you have the one sentence is the spine on which you’ll build your story.
There are your seven chapters/sentences.To expand it:
Life – who are you
Is hard, really hard – first show us how hard, then show us really hard
Unless – this is where you get to show us alternatives (what you are open to)
You get – this is where you show us all the things you’ve tried in order to make your life better – lose weight, go on vacation, meet a new guy
A good cat – maybe you’ve had good cats or bad cats , show us
To live with – show us living with that one good cat. Maybe there’s a sad ending or a happy one. Or a sad one turned happy. Do you have the courage to try again?
Now you have the framework for a short or long piece of memoir.
This exercise is excerpted from – The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith