Oh, I love the responses to the previous post. They confirm what I've long suspected - that each of us really triumphs over a great many distractions when we sit down to write our tales. It is hard, isn't it?
But here is some good news: When you write memoir, you're writing what you know. That's right: What you already know. Which means that just like Dorothy's ruby red slippers, you've had on you all the time what you need to write your tales.
The issue is how to get to it.
And for that, I've got a little video to show you.
Remember Galileo, the man who taught us that the earth revolves around the sun, and not the other way around?
Imagine him standing in Walmart. Yup. In Walmart, there amid the deep fryers, digital cameras and lawn chairs. All he wants is the one small part he needs to perfect the telescope. Then he'll prove that the earth revolves around the sun, and not the other way around, as was standard message of the church in his time. Seeking a small item to prove a big theory, Galileo must not get distracted by the Christmas icicle lights and stainless steel slow cookers, the ionized hairdryers and six-time-zone watches. He must go into Walmart, get only what he needs, and come back out. Then he'll convince us to see the universe the way he does.
Yours is the same assignment. You must speed-shop your overstocked whiz-bang subconscious, snagging only those items tagged by the subject you've chosen, leaving all those other pretty, shiny, digital, marked-down objects on the shelves. It's as though you must carry a custom-made magnet, attracting merely the smallest, precisely charged metal shavings. This is not easy. But mastering the skill of a good quick grab is essential to your success.
Have you got some questions for me at this point?
I'd love to read them. I'll answer them here.