A stellar evening at Zombie Salon, out in night air so thick it felt like a hug, super sweet Swedish Fish martinis in hand, and nothing but talk of books, poetry, writing, reading, photography, music, the essence of beauty, and grammar police. What joy to sit secure under the awning as rain rushed down and listen to John Donne’s The Canonization superbly read by Greg. Icing! What’s better than icing? Champagne? Chocolate icing? Whatever analogy works for you, here comes something even better – things to get you writing. Come on. I know you want to. I dare you. I double dare you. Join in the joy and be a virtual member of Zombie Salon and Salon Z and take on a few literary challenges.
This should be fun. Write your memoir in six words.
What six words best tells your story and reflects your essence? I’ve provided links below that explain the concept and give examples from famous folks to grocery store shelf stockers. Write one and share it on the comment section for this blog. We’ll share ours here too. There is also a national website that is collecting these memoirs (see Smith below) if you are interested in posting there as well.
NPR Books, Six-Word Memoirs: Life Stories Distilled
Smith, Six Word Memoirs
A Bigger Challenge:
Now that you’ve written your brilliant six-word memoir, time to tackle something a bit bigger – write a novel in 30 days as part of NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month occurs each November. This should be even more fun than the six-word memoir – and yes, a lot of work, but a-w-e-s-o-m-e!
I’m going to give it a try. Who else wants to stretch their mind, patience, sanity, and fingers come fall?
National Novel Writing Month
Finally, here are some Good Reads for those who can’t get enough of the end times: Favorite Apocalyptic Lit Picks by Zombie Salonites
-The Stand, Stephen King – Tara
-The Passage, Justin Cronin – Greg
-Sophie’s Choice, William Styron – Anne (when viewing the idea of apocalypse as how does a person survive once they have lost their soul and heart?)
-The Lorax, Dr. Seuss – Sandy
-Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood – Julie