Choose Happy

Writers need encouragement. We long for cheerleaders, people who pat us on the back and tell us we can make it one more day. Encouraging notes and emails keep us glowing for days and pecking away at the keyboard. The Inspired Prompt Crew wants to share some joy-filled words to aid you on this often lonely journey.

Check out our articles. Here’s one to start you out. Gail Johnson speaks to those of you who seek to write a memoir, one of the most difficult forms of writing…

To Pen a Memoir
By Gail Johnson

 

If anyone asked me for my occupation, wife and mother would be at the top of the list followed by songwriter and fiction writer. Until three years ago, I had never seriously thought to pen a memoir.

Memoir writing is cathartic, exhausting, and painful. But through the writing process, I learned scars can be a testimony of God’s power to heal. For a memoir isn’t about our story alone. It is about HIStory within our story during the heartache, healing, and recounting.

 

By 2014, I had moved far enough away from the incident to be able to write about it. But I still faltered in the telling. As I prayed and pondered, the Holy Spirit assured me He would be there every step of the way, and He would send people into my life to help me.

I began meeting seasoned authors willing to share their advice with a newbie. I joined Facebook groups and followed blogs. It wasn’t long until I found friends to share this journey with. They inspired me by asking about my WIP. And when I told them it was a memoir about overcoming sexual abuse, they encouraged me even more.

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).

Writing is a solitary job. But the whole process doesn’t have to be. When God calls us for His purpose, He will equip us to do the job. He will also send those to encourage us. If you are writing a memoir and find it hard to put words to paper some days, don’t give up. Remember, there is a purpose in your story, and someone in need of hearing HIStory.

Keep writing, dear one!