Today I’m embarking on yet another blogging challenge, which comes right off the heels of my first blogging challenge of 2020, the Slice of Life Challenge, that ended yesterday. The difference in these two challenges is that the SOL Challenge is one in which I wrote a slice of life story each day for a month about whichever topic I wanted to explore that day, while the A to Z Blogging Challenge is centered on a theme and each day’s topic starts with the next letter of the alphabet.
My theme for this year’s A to Z challenge is Memoir. Memoir is a form of writing dear to my heart. I adore memoirs, both reading them and writing them, however I have never felt like I was very adept at writing in this genre. I think too much and get in my own way, wondering if I’m getting the details right or if I’m going to offend or embarrass anyone else who happens to be in my writing.
One of my fellow slicers, Paula from LitCoachLady, inspired me to write memoir with her slices last month. She used the book Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg to get ideas for her slices. I have since downloaded the book myself and will be using the prompts to help guide my daily entries. Each prompt is meant to be written about for 10 minutes, which is what I’ll endeavour to do.
My memoir muscles haven’t been used much lately, but I figured the only way to get better at something is to just do it, right? So here I am, starting a new challenge today, where I’ll stretch myself to become a writer of memoir. Wish me luck, and if you’re so inclined, come along for the ride this month!