A few days ago, I was thinking about something that I wanted to write, but I stopped myself and thought, “Everyone has said that. That is too cliché.” And then, I thought again. Some things are cliché because they speak volumes of truth, and everyone, sooner or later, comes face to face with their meanings. Unfortunately, we don’t fully understand the meaning of the expression, “Time Flies,” until it has flown. By the time that I reached the age of 60, I realized that Time was on another shore, and I was watching it sail into the sunset.
“Humans all want to beat the clock but nobody ever does.” – Shirley Manson
It is true. None of us can beat the clock that is tick tocking our time away, but we can learn to better manage our clocks and force them to work to our advantages. Since October of 2015, I have been involved in writing my own personal memoir, and in doing so, I have discovered my writing voice–it was lying within my intuition, which was deep within my memories.
Michelangelo alluded to this artist’s intuition in saying that his sculptures lay within the stone and in sculpting, he merely followed the path that he sensed within the rock. Michelangelo was talking about the process of allowing his intuition to speak to him and to coach him as he created.
When writers can access the words that lie within themselves, they begin to write more authentically. Sometimes this is referred to as writing from “The Zone,” but it is actually writing from the intuition, a reservoir of thoughts and emotions that run deeply within each person. The secret is tapping into that reservoir. Mine Your Memories, the 36-Day Free Memoir Challenge, is designed to help writers reclaim their intuitive voices, which lie within their pasts.
Each day, the writer will be offered a different writing prompt that will help him to recall the things that were central to his becoming who he is. In creating through those memories, the writer’s mind will be recharged and the writer himself will learn how to channel his unique voice, which is locked within his memory.
The writing assignments are not difficult and should not require a great deal of time. In fact, they are fairly open-ended, so that each writer can tailor the prompt to fit his own circumstances.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner
Most of us would like to forget or bury some of the chapters of our pasts, but that is not actually possible. In trying to forget who we are and where we have been, we only succeed in numbing ourselves and killing our authentic writing voices. The secret to becoming a better writer is to tap into your past and harness it and allow it to sail you forward.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens – by Arthur Rackham
“You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.” – James M. Barrie
[ Author of Peter Pan]
People who participate in the Free Mine Your Memories Event will not be asked to share their writings with anyone, but they may, if they wish. Writing is what heals us. Sharing is simply something else that we can elect to do.
I have been teaching a Face-to-Face Memoir Class for a while now, and I know that this plan works. I have seen people begin to express themselves in writing that I thought they would never produce.
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bill Keane
I hope that all of your will join me October 1, 2016, as we begin to open our Presents that are actually in our Pasts.
©Jacki Kellum July 24, 2016
“We’ve forgotten how to remember, and just as importantly, we’ve forgotten how to pay attention. So, instead of using your smartphone to jot down crucial notes, or Googling an elusive fact, use every opportunity to practice your memory skills. Memory is a muscle, to be exercised and improved.” – Joshua Foer
Mine Your Memories will be hosted on my new, affiliate site Juxtapositions Press Here