Thanks to my guest blogger, Elisabeth from ECWrites for subbing for me today. She's about to release The Golden Sky in November, which is a heartbreaking and endearingly funny look through the eyes of a young mother as she loses her son to birth defects. I thought she could talk a little bit about why she leans toward nonfiction, specifically Memoir. I've heard it been said that we all have a story in us somewhere, and if you've been to Elisabeth's blog, you'll know she has more than enough stories for all of us.
~The Skeptical Hook'er
For me, writing is like growing up--it's just something you do. I write early, every morning. Whether I'm having a hard time, or a good time, I write no matter what. It isn't about how much other people like my words, or even what they evoke for them. No, writing is about expressing my passion and life. Maybe my loved ones will have those words to remember me by when I'm gone. I sure hope so. But for now, the simple act of writing is enough.
Everyone has a story to tell, something they see distinctly through a special perception. A good writer can take any moment in life, put it on paper and make it something wonderful for the reader. It's not the experience per se, but rather how the experience is conveyed that makes it relevant.
For example, when detectives investigate a crime scene, every witness will describe things a bit differently. If everyone explains the scenario exactly the same, the authorities will know it's a lie.
Last week I went to a baby shower with a writing friend. We had a great time, but for the most part, it was a normal shower. It became so ordinary, we decided to write about our experiences.
Both of us noticed entirely different things. I couldn't pull my eyes from the woman with the sparkly dress and the powdered nose. She smiled with genuine delight although from the design of her collar, I would have pegged her for a stuffy seamstress. My friend decided to write about the dog, a playful fellow who kept nibbling her feet. Through those two experiences, I found the whole scenario quite exciting amidst the booties, carrots and tea.
It wasn't the baby shower itself that made our stories so interesting, but rather the little details which told more about how we viewed our own surroundings.
Do you ever write non-fiction? If so, what do your words display about your perception of the world?
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