Thanks to Faith Adiele, I’ve been reading Robin Hemley‘s A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel. In this book, Hemley suggests writing a blog as a way to research a writing project.
It sounds like great advice, but as you know I already have a blog (well, more than one). He also warns in a June 2012 interview:
It’s quite easy for writers to spread themselves too thin: writing a blog, tweeting, Facebook updates, all that. Most writers need good long stretches to simply be alone with their work and their thoughts.
So I decided that rather than spread myself more thinly, I would use this blog for the month of February as my laboratory. I’ll work on some of my prep and research for my book Scrap. For this project, I am studying my history and experiences, particularly as they involve my father and our relationship (which looks like both drama masks) and arranging these memories into a new and enriching vision.
I hope you won’t mind coming along and visiting during this nostalgic trips to the fifties, sixties, and seventies.