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by Dinty W. Moore, June 28, 2010
Looking for memoir-writing guidance and support?
Join the memoir-writing group headed by Dinty W. Moore in AARP’s online community.
Dinty regularly throws out writing prompts and suggestions to keep you moving right along.
Right now he’s asking for your favorite summer memories. Do you remember cherry bombs, M-80s, and exploding trashcans? Go
En español | You’ve launched your kids, paid down the mortgage — and maybe even retired. Now, you finally have time to write that first-person essay or book you’ve been contemplating all these years.
But where to begin? Don’t let that blank page intimidate you. These easy strategies will help you move past your writer’s block and get going with your story.
Do some legwork: Maybe your family no longer owns that old farm on Butter Churn Road. But drive out there, park across the street and let the contour of the landscape and scent of the air remind you of the past. Each small memory is a string; pull on it, and something new comes up on the other end.
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