This Week’s #BiteSizeMemoir Prompt: Camping
I intended to spend the week reading books, swimming, stargazing, and sailing our little 12 foot boat. My sister had a tan to perfect, and fish to catch. My parents, I’m sure, simply wanted to relax.
The August sun held out until we reached the lakeside campground. First came the splats of big fat drops. This crescendoed to a steady downpour as we frantically pitched our tent.
No swimming, fishing, sailing, or tanning. Instead, we told stories and read books. We played card games and Scrabble. Mom won the card games, and Dad won Scrabble every single time. Upon our return, I raced to the dictionary, convinced Dad invented several words. I still flashback to this scenario every time I see the word “fez” (with which he earned a well-deserved triple word score!)
One of the best camping trips, ever!
What is Bite Size Memoir?
Bite Size Memoir is a new writing project created by Lisa Reiter. Here’s how she describes it:
Bite size memoir is designed to help anyone record some personal memoir in small manageable bites. There’s a prompt every week and some constraints to keep it small… Feel free to dip in and out each week without commitment.
Participants are given a prompt each week, then asked to respond with either a 150 word prose/poem, or 10 statements starting with “I remember” that are triggered by the prompt. I chose the prose route this week.
This is my second time using Lisa’s memoir prompt. I had so much fun with her “Fairies and Magic” memoir prompt that I’ve decided to make this a Monday thing!
Play along with us – it’s fun!
If you would like to play along, check out Lisa’s blog Introducing the Bite Size Memoir Challenge. She posts a new memoir prompt every Friday.
Also, if you’re on Twitter, you can find other people’s posts for this week via the hashtag #bitesizememoir, and be sure to follow @Lisa_Reiter, too.
Do you write Non-fiction, Travel and/or Memoir?
Do you write non-fiction, travel, and/or memoir? I ask because most writing resources I bump into both online and off are geared towards fiction.
That’s great, but hey – non-fiction writers need support, too!
A New Weekly Blog Hop for Non-Fiction Writers
Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of leading a chat on Twitter for people who write non-fiction in all its forms. At the moment, I lead a weekly chat for ALL writers.
It’s called #StoryDam chat and we meet each Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EDT to talk about all aspects of the writing process. You’re welcome to join us! Check out the Story Dam writing community website for more information.
At one point, I even declared that I would start a weekly writing chat in the hour before #StoryDam specifically for non-fiction writers. Then I chickened out because I’ve already got so much going. What do you think? Would YOU attend a writing chat on Twitter that was geared specifically to non-fiction writers?
Add Your Post to the #NFTM Weekly Blog Hop
In the meantime, here’s my compromise: my Monday posts now include a blog hop for non-fiction writers. I’ll be using the hashtag #nftm to promote it, and I hope you will, too. I’m excited to connect with more non-fiction writers – like you!
If you write non-fiction of any sort, including travel and memoir, I invite you to add your link to the blog hop below:
Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in North Texas travel, cemetery symbols, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!”
Snider’s best-selling books include Paranormal Texas , Understanding Cemetery Symbols, and 100 Things to Do in Dallas - Fort Worth Before You Die.