Excuses, excuses…

You have a story. You want to write it. You are the only one who can do it. So, what are you waiting for? Before we go any further, let’s get the excuses out of the way. Oh, my friends, if would only be as creative as some of our excuses your memoir would have been completed yesterday.

I used to call my excuses writer’s block. Does that resonate with you? Time, money, family… Think about all the artists with all those conditions that didn’t stop painting, writing, experimenting. We keep good company.

I don’t know about you but I put so many rules in my own way I wonder sometimes how I can get of bed in the morning. Give up the rules! They are inhibiting.

Maybe because I’m a stream-of-consciousness thinker and writer, one thought bumps into another causing it to circle around a thought that then bumps into a completely different thought taking me in an entirely different direction. Chaos. But, according to some scientists, the world was created out of chaos.

As a female of a certain age, my life was bookended by rules that came down from Mt. Sinai… those ten commandments became a million “Thou Shalt Nots”. There are many parts of the world where obeying the rules is the only way to survive. We are fortunate. Though, I am not sure for how much longer we will be able to create in freedom… unless the NSA, CIA, and FBI have you in there sights. Then, all bets are off.

So, tell me what are some of your excuses? And what are you going to to about them? Tell me…

Welcome to My Blah, Blah, Blog!

I will admit there are days when I feel BLAH! But I have never felt BLOG! I am learning that you don’t feel a blog. I think you think and then write a blog.

Here is what I propose. Let’s you and I come up with a better word to describe expressing our thoughts and creative ideas. My blog is open and ready to receive the “new word” for Sally-Jane Heit bloggers. See what I mean? It sounds like we have a disease.

While I wait to hear from you, let’s “tawk”!

So you want to write a memoir. Let me be the first to tell you that you do not need an interesting story. You need an interesting way to write your story. If you want to write THE great American novel, FUGGETABOUTIT!

Here’s a quote to get your juices flowing, an excerpt from Anna Quindlen‘s commencement address at Mount Holyoke College in 1999,

 “…every story has already been told. Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbirdand A Wrinkle in Time,you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.”

Please let me know what you think that something is… It really is the first step in recognizing you have the will and the drive to make a memoir. What is it??