This weekend, we in North America are celebrating Mother’s Day. I think it’s a fairly normal thing to have complicated feels toward our mamas. We love them with all we have, but they are human, too. It’s a part of life.
But the mother-child relationship can be especially flummoxing for those of us who write memoir.
Because many of our most powerful, potent and important stories? Yeah, they happened in childhood. Under her supervision. (Or not, as the case may be.)
So when it comes time to get those stories out of our psyches and onto the page, I notice many of my authors come to a screeching halt.
I can’t write THAT. My mother is still alive!
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this protestation, I could definitely pay off my renovation debt 😉
It’s a totally normal hesitation, and one worth attending to. But that doesn’t mean it should keep you from penning the book that Life is asking you for.
In this week’s video, I’m breaking down what might be the greatest fear of memoirists everywhere: What if my mom reads the book?
- What to do if you love your mother—but she may not love your book
- How writing a first draft can calm the panic
- How to stay outside of legal danger
- And more!
This is an important lesson if you’re letting “fear of Mom” stand between you and the book you were born to write. Please watch below!
Kelly Notaras is the founder of kn literary arts and the author of THE BOOK YOU WERE BORN TO WRITE: Everything You Need to (Finally) Get Your Wisdom Onto the Page and Into the World, published by Hay House. An editor for 20 years, she’s worked at HarperCollins, Penguin, Hyperion and Sounds True. She speaks regularly at the Hay House Writer’s Workshops and offers consultation by appointment. Find out more about how she can help you with your book.