The Tao of Memoir Writing: Part 4


This is the fourth in a series of six posts by Matilda Butler.

Today’s Tao musings focus on the habit of writing. Consider:

Good habits are good friends; we return to them gladly every day.

A ritual or habit creates a path that is shaped by use.

We seek to release ourselves from rituals that bind or restrict. We seek to open ourselves to habits of creativity that we gladly practice daily. The habit of writing, once established, carries us forward toward our goals.

TAO OF MEMOIR WRITING TIP: How often have you said, “I’ll work on my memoir when I have more time.” If you are busy today, it is a safe bet that you will be busy a week from now, a month from now, a year from now, and five years from now. Time doesn’t suddenly become available on its own. You need to put writing into your admittedly busy schedule.

Do you know the memoir by choreographer Twyla Tharp The Creative Habit? In describing her life, her creative art, she has given us a way to understand that a set of habits, habits for creativity, can keep us moving forward.

Try writing daily for two weeks, even 10 minutes per day. You’ll be amazed at how this one creativity habit lets the ideas begin to flow. This habit will become like a good friend, one you look forward to greeting.

by Matilda Butler

2 responses to “The Tao of Memoir Writing: Part 4

  1. Yes. We have to do the work.

    On Sep 15, 2016 5:02 AM, “Telling HerStories: The Broad View” wrote:

    > Matilda Butler posted: “This is the fourth in a series of six posts by > Matilda Butler. Today’s Tao musings focus on the habit of writing. > Consider: Good habits are good friends; we return to them gladly every day. > A ritual or habit creates a path that is shaped by use. ” >

  2. Janet: Thanks for leaving a comment. I’ve been walking each day for about an hour. I find that getting in the car to drive to our nearby campus is the first step in the habit. Once I start the engine, the exercise will take place.

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