So what are we doing for Motherhood Memoir Month during the coronavirus sequester?
Writing of course.
Not a mother? No worries.
Everyone has a motherhood story to tell, because obviously… where did you come from?
Was your mother missing in some or many ways? Absence is a strong theme in many motherhood tales.
But wait- I’m not writing memoir at the moment.
Perfect- me either. I spent so much time writing about my mother and our manic relationship over the past year-and-a-half since she died that I have put that away. So what am I doing?
I’m writing a novel. And the mother-daughter theme, or conundrum, drive a lot of the story. So the prompts this time will be for fiction as well as memoir and journal writing- because if you have a mother, you need a journal- a place to download all those thoughts- the good, the bad, the ugly, the complex, the effed-up. Mother relationships are fraught with them. You don’t even have to be a daughter to be trying to figure this out. All are welcome here.
Nothing is more cathartic than seeing your thoughts on the page, and then figuring out what to do with them…Sometimes just letting them lie there is enough.
“…write a book that feels alive and unpredictable on every page.” –Alice Mattison
Or just write a line, or a journal entry. Any writing is better than no writing. Right?
Won’t you join me?
(photo by Jon Tyson)