Friday, July 21, 2006

Keeping Carrie Bradshaw out of it


Writer's Block
Originally uploaded by MontanaRaven.
Last weekend I attended a workshop at Chicago's heritage-listed Newberry Library. The building is beautiful and the workshop was actually pretty good too.

I'd signed up primarily because I have been curious for some time about what to do with this blog, if anything at all. Could I turn it into something more interesting? And if so, should I bother?

The workshop was about distilling the elements of memoir writing into its basic elements. In a continued effort to eliminate writers block, the idea is to take a story and focus your mind on the showing, not the telling. Identify the person, or the location, that needs to come out and then describe that - don't deviate from it until you're done.

Having been away from home for nearly 18 months now, there are certainly lots of stories that I haven't told (at least in full) and so I have a lot of material to share. Do I have the time and energy to devote to the story-telling though?

But today I celebrated my new vocation by purchasing a shiny silver Dell laptop. Of course I'd been thinking about this purchase for some time, and conducting some rather exhaustive online research to identify the best model for me. So I guess I'm on the right track to going back over my life so far and working out what warrants telling, and what should probably stay buried forever.

3 comments:

Jammin' Jemma said...

Well, if you're wanting pictures I can send you COPIES (not the originals) of the vegemite and red scivvy pics. haha

glamah16 said...

Vegamite and Red Sckivies. Say it aint so Gab's!!!!

batreg said...

I can help with the stories to keep buried.