This exercise draws on a visualization similar to lovingkindness meditation to help you tap into your authentic voice.
You’ll need an essay or chapter from your memoir, and a device for recording your voice (for example, the app Easy Voice Recorder).
- Write a big picture outline of the essay or memoir chapter.
- Sit in a quiet space, close your eyes, and picture a friend or family member that is a good listener. Visualize sitting with them until you feel their presence.
- When you are feeling connected and supported by your listener, record your story in own words. Picture yourself telling it to your friend. Use the outline if you need it, but don’t look at the essay or chapter draft. Keep your eyes closed if that helps.
- Set the audio recording aside for a few days.
- Now give the story a listen. Notice if the story you told verbally is different from how you told the story in writing. What changed? What was strong in each example? Can you imitate the strongest aspects of your face-to-face storytelling in your writing?
Did you try this exercise? Let me know how it went in the comments below!