I say this to my second grade students all the time- they tend to put the books away quickly with the spines facing in where they can't be seen. This is a blog about my favorite books and other things I find along the way!
This year during Camp NaNoWriMo, we want you to write whatever it is that you love. This week, writers of all sorts are sharing what they love to pen, and why you should join them. Today, Jen Larsen, author of Stranger Here, tells us why memoir begins with Truth with a capital T:
So when I was in grad school getting my MFA, the first class we took—mandatory for everyone in the program no matter what genre they were interested in—was a creative autobiography class.
The poets, the novelists, the non-fiction writers: we all had to sit in a room awkwardly together and figure out how to talk about ourselves. To turn our lives into a story. To find narrative where there isn’t any—because life isn’t a movie: it doesn’t open with a snappy sequence, lead into a climax with car crashes, then end with a happily ever after. The challenge of that class was to take all the messiness of life and the uncoordinated jumble inside of your head and turn it into something real, and readable.
We’re rolling out the red carpet to the Script Cabins at Camp NaNoWriMo. This is the third of our guides for all you future screenwriters, playwrights, and graphic novelists. Remember us at the Tonys!:
All great stage productions start with a script: it’s the cornerstone from which the actors, designers, and directors take their cues.
When writing a first draft of a play, it’s best not to concern yourself too much about how it will be performed. It’s more important to get your idea onto the page.
STARTING YOUR PLAY