Butt. Chair. Monthly Micro Tracker

I know you’re heard it before, but I am going to say it again because it feels like it might be helpful right about now: if you want to be a better writer, and if you want to see your work in the world, you need to put your butt in the chair and you need to write. Yes, there are exceptions. Yes, you may need a break. But unless you show up for your writing (which, by extension, is how we show up for ourselves), the magic can’t happen. The learning can’t be learned. The ah ha’s have no ah’s, no ha’s. This isn’t to say a walk isn’t helpful (it is, immensely so), or a nap isn’t restorative (big napper here), or reorganizing your desk/pantry/closet/garage isn’t necessary (someone’s got to do it), but writing ultimately happens on the page and that can’t happen if your butt isn’t in the chair. So: 🪑. My contrarian advice? Don’t ease into it. Go for five days a week, but for 15 minutes a day, tops. Keep it easy. Use a 10-minute prompt (see above). The other few minutes to putz and settle. That’s it. Again: 🪑. If you want to do more, fine. But your daily goal is 15 minutes with one prompt. If you write nothing else but stick to this, that’s 30 pieces of some kind of magic each month. You can do something with that.

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Memoir Themes

Identifying primary and secondary themes (memoir, personal essay, life story, micro prose) can guide your writing. Read more about using themes in your work here.

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Micro Prose Table of Contents (TOC)

The Table of Contents (TOC) is how we organize our micro prose work, especially for the Micro Memoir Workshops. It is part of the brain training we do to let our mind know that we are treating the work, even these early drafts, as potential publishable material. Not sure what I mean? Join me for a workshop or jump into a quarterly office hours session to learn more.

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