Episode 56- Memoir, Movember and More!

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Episode 56- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Memoir Again!


 I will have just completed a tele -summit on Memoir so I’ll include the notes from that project into our podcast.

Is eg acceptable instead of e.g.? Especially in tech writing. Adam asked.


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Sometimes the easiest way to start your memoir and to get going is to consider not only the big events in your life but also the small, seemingly insignificant memories.

Why do we remember these at all?

Damien you had some big memories that you began writing about, and they are very powerful. But what about the smaller ones? Here’s why I bring that up. The small memories, add to your work and give depth to the memoir as well as give the reader a brief rest from the intensity of the stronger or more dramatic scenes.

I would also argue that these trivial memories are not as unimportant as they first seem as we write them down.

Why did we remember that particular Halloween? Why did we forget the details of our prom, yet can recall, with spooky clarity, that camp out?

Because as unimportant as they may seem, our remembered moments are revealing, and often we don’t understand how revealing until we being writing about them.

Consider one of your clear even cherished memories? Why do you remember it at all? What is telling about that memory? Why is it lodged so deeply in your brain, in your sense of smell, in your mental catalogue of evocative sounds?

One reason we remember these moments is because they came before. If you reflect back on big events of your life, you can often remember the day, the hour, the moment before just as clearly. So it becomes a two part memory. What you were doing before the divorce, the death, the accident. You can recall those moments just before everything changed.

In all deference to Woolf, sometimes recalling calm, unimportant moments are exactly what we need to do in order to launch the bigger life changing moments. The average can set the stage for the remarkable.

Rachel In The OC from www.badredheadmedia.com has had a wonderful whinge about spam on social media. I give this 5 stars!


Write up a memory or past event and tell the complete truth. Now, even though we think this is the complete truth, we are filtering the situation through the past, our own experiences today and what influences now. See how tricky the truth can be?

Word of the Week:


We now use this word only in reference to the current sense of the verb to garble: to reproduce some message or information in a confused or distorted way. But that’s a long way from its first sense in English. The word ultimately derives, through Arabic and Italian, from Latin cribrum, a sieve.

Garble was a technical term in medieval commerce throughout the Mediterranean, mainly within the spice trade. A garbler was a person whose job was to sieve spices to remove the rubbish from them, the garble then being the rubbish itself. It appears for the first time in English in Richard Hakluyt’s work The Principal Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries of the English Nation in 1599.

In the next century the verb was applied to various figurative kinds of sifting, such as the weeding out of unfit persons from an organisation (so a writer during the Commonwealth period in Britain in 1650 was able to issue the recommendation that “His army must be garbled”). It was also applied to a process by which coins were inspected for quality. That’s where part of the transition to the modern sense seems to have taken place. The coin sifting was done as a form of counterfeiting: the good ones were melted down for their precious metal content, while the rubbish was put back into circulation.

You can see how that could lead, as it actually did, to the next sense of the verb — the idea of selecting material mischievously in order to misrepresent what somebody said. Today we don’t usually imply malicious intent when we say something has been garbled in transmission and the idea of sieving or of conscious selection has vanished.



Tortured Sentences:

From Stephen Donaldson’s: Against All Things Ending

“The comfort of resting against Covenant was gone, eroded by the effects of the Liand’s death.” Yeah you know, THE Liand? Bit like this show is hosted by The Catharine and The Damien.

Shout Outs:

Amber Norrgard and Ben Ditmars new podcast on the Newbie Writers Network of podcasts: The Lyrical Versification Podcast. Http://www.newbiewriters.com/lyrical-versification

Rachel In The OC: www.badredheadmedia.com and www.rachelintheoc.com


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