So sometimes, while I run, I get some brilliant writing idea. I can’t run and write at the same time. I save up my writing idea and promise myself that as soon as I get home, I’ll write it down. Sometimes, while running, I play with the idea and get excited. I develop it and narrate my writing to myself.
This narrating, or, rather, rehearsing, is of course a memoirist’s habit. We rehearse our memoirs as things happen to us, promising ourselves, “Someday, I will write about this. Someone will want to know that this happened to me.” So I want someone to know that I ran six laps today and I want desperately to write it down.
Is it all a very bad habit? Does the memoir-rehearsing wreck the beauty and freshness of an experience? Or is it just “as is”? Is it simply who we are? Why question it?
I am 55 years old and there is nothing wrong with the way I think. I give myself tons of credit for sticking around on the planet. I sure am doing my life just fine. Writing memoir has worked great for me. So I ran six laps today, a mile and a half, and then came home. How about you?