If the end of the world was nigh and you only had one piece of paper, torn out of a blank journal, and an almost-empty pen – what would you write about?

It might seem obvious, but there are so many thing we can choose to write about, it’s easy to forget that readers want to read about what really matters. What is that, for you? What is the one experience that, if you were to scribble word after word on the page, without even realizing, you’d find you’d stopped breathing?

If nothing from your own life seems to fit the bill, imagine a character. Decide her/his age, name, hometown, personality traits, situation. What might be the single big event that really mattered to this character?

And then describe this event – or a moment during it – as the event unfolds. Don’t describe the character’s response or how he or she felt, just record in detail what happened. Imagine you’re a camera, and simply report what can be seen.

Some of your most powerful material can be written this way, and it doesn’t have to be long.

Also, if you’re interested in writing and publishing short memoirs, you might like to bookmark this free online chat:

Save the Date: ONLINE How to Write and Publish Short Memoir, Wed, December 7th 2011 @ 3pm ET

(Ed’s Note: if you aren’t able to attend on the day, don’t worry, the video of this chat will be posted in Story Studio. Sign up on top right of home page.)

Award-winning author, founder of eChook and teacher at Sarah Lawrence College Tessa Smith McGovern will be chatting about what it takes to write and publish a short memoir. She’ll answer your questions live at 3 p.m. ET. at booktrib.com and discuss her three essential memoir-writing tips.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer, occasional journaler, or if you’ve never thought you could write something before, stop by, ask a question, and be entered to win lovely eChook prizes.

Where: booktrib.com
When: Wednesday, December 7 @ 3pm
RSVP: memoirchat@booktrib.com

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