Daily Archives: June 7, 2009

Find that you get bogged down in your writing?

Matilda Butler – Opening Salvos #7

Try story poems. 

Janet-riehl-photo In these Opening Salvos blogs, I usually provide insights from my interviews with memoir authors. This month, I’d like to invite you to help shape our upcoming interview with author, fellow blogger and SCN member Janet Riehl. 

Janet made numerous presentations based on her memoir Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary. She often enlivened her readings with a bit of music (she plays the violin) and additional family anecdotes. Afterwards, she often heard comments about how much the music and stories added to the emotion of the poems. Finally, she decided it was time to take the words of praise seriously.

That began her journey to create a CD, now released, called Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry & Music. Ask Janet how she did this. Ask her how story poems might help you in your own writing. Ask her any question you’d like that will give you ideas and suggestions for your own writing.

You can CLICK HERE to read her guest blog and writing prompt. Then just ask your question in the Comments field. We’ll include your question in our live interview with Janet on Thursday June 11 at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (1 PM Eastern). Details on phone number and access code are provided in the blog – CLICK HERE. If you can’t listen in, we’ll post the audio of the interview on Monday June 15 on our website, www.womensmemoirs.com 

Don’t let yourself get bogged down. There are many creative ideas that will spark your imagination and your writing.