I have an idea!
While looking for a new inspiration in my posts. I picked up Anne Lamott’s book ~ Bird by Bird ~ “Some Instructions on Writing and Life”. One idea she had was to write short assignments ~ about as much as you can see through a one-inch picture frame.
“It reminds me that all I have to do is to write down as much as I can see through a one-inch picture frame. This is all I have to bite off for the time being. All I’m going to do right now, for example, is to write that one paragraph that sets the story in my hometown, in the late fifties, when the trains were still running. I’m going to paint a picture of it, in words ………………”
Writing is a new past-time for me in the recent years. In the past, I’ve sat down to write for a class assignment, create an essay here and there or send off a Letter to the Editor now and then. Life kept me very busy and many experiences took priority over really delving into the art of writing.
Creating this blog a few years back really got me motivated. I set out to write my story with the main focus being my journey through a particular event that altered my life, for better and worse. Then I got hooked on blogging and have kept up with a post every week.
My blogger friends will all agree that keeping the ideas flowing and creating a daily or weekly post isn’t always easy. So my idea is to follow Anne’s advice. My intent is to write short essays about my growing up years, beginning with looking through a one-inch picture frame. It should be fun!
My first short assignment will be writing for five minutes about as much as I can see looking through a one-inch picture frame of school lunches at my parochial school during the early fifties.
~ To Be Continued Next Week ~