Ten minutes. That’s all you need. So many friends say, “I would love to write, but I don’t have time.” Let me save you some time by keeping this review short. All you need is this book. Subtitled The Practice of Writing Memoir, it offers page after page of writing prompts that require only ten minutes. Here’s page 14, titled “Die”: “Tell me what you will miss when you die.” Prefer something more mundane? Try page 94: “Write everything you know about mashed potatoes.” Not all of the entries are this sprinkly-short; Natalie Goldberg mixes in thoughtful explanations along the way.
Trust me. You can do this. Natalie Goldberg shows the way.
PS: Many thanks to Sandy Gingras, a great writer and an even greater friend, for this inspiring recommendation!
Bonus note: Two other books in this genre have been helpful companions over the years: Natalie Goldberg’s classic WRITING DOWN THE BONES: Freeing the Writer Within and WHAT IF?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.