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In this three part interview series with Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association for Memoir Writers, we'll be focusing on the three stages of memoir writing: kick-starting, the muddy middle and birthing your book.
For this second show of this series, we'll discuss the elements that come up in the "muddy middle." according to Linda Joy's Book, The Journey of Memoir, "in this stage you start to question why you are writing a memoir. Self-doubt and the inner critic start whispering in your ear, and yet you're also learning a lot—about yourself, the past, and the kind of structure and story line your memoir needs. Doubts that have to do with the memory, family, and truth come up at this time. You learn how to affirm yourself and your writing. You learn to find the structure that your memoir needs during this stage, and how to write your way to the end of a first draft. This stage is long, exciting, tiring, and exhilarating. It's a ride that gets you to "The End."
I've studied with Linda Joy Myers and took her "Write Your Healing Story" online workshop where I began my journey into memoir writing. I'm learning with her again under a special mentorship program called, "Write Your Memoir in Six Months."
For past replays of "Giving Voice to Your Story," click here.