My biggest task during prewriting for the memoir is to uncensor myself. To tell the secrets I can tell, and to make peace with the ones that I cannot. I have to keep reminding myself that this is my story, and I have the right to tell it in my own words. This writing is my daily labor. Breathing, releasing, allowing. Choosing to nurture a special courage to craft in a space of honesty. Today, while adding more detail to the storyboard, this message about omissions came to me.
I am writing a memoir about the journeys of being and becoming a mother. I am sharing some parts of the discovery process in Notes on a Memoir. Every week, I also write about something learned or shared as a mother in Wednesday’s Bloom: Textual Portraits of a New Mommy. Explore other works connected to my mothering in the Motherhood collection.