Welcome to today’s version of “How A Book Inspired LA to write a Blog Post”
Today’s book: Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar.
While Akhtar considers this a novel, not a memoir, there are aspects of his real life in this book. Akhtar is a Pulitzer winning author so he has some literary street cred, so when he talks about his craft I listen.
Akhtar goes home at night and writes, with as much detail as he can muster, the events of his day. People, settings, feelings, situations….He will spend about two hours retelling his day.
Talk about a journal…
Is this the only thing besides actual talent that separates me from a Pulitzer? I just don’t take the time to write down the minutia (sometimes, not always) of my day?
Show of hands: How many of you journal? Brain dump? Morning pages? I can’t see you because I won’t Zoom, so tell me who you are.
How detailed do you get when you free write?
I do a brain dump in the morning. I tend to do a combo of things that I need to do that day and I probably obsess about one detail from the day before. There’s usually some reason I become fixated on something and eventually it probably becomes a blog. But I rarely write the whole thing- I did not talk about the smell of yesterday’s heat when I complained about it. I didn’t write down the body language of the guy I didn’t trust yesterday. I didn’t write down how I met someone for the first time and how he referred to me as Sister…
- Why didn’t I write these details down, when they are so clear in my mind?
- Should I be writing these details down?
- Is my lack of detailed notetaking the only thing that separates me from being a Pulitzer winner?
- Why have I become so obsessed with Pulitzer winners?
What do you think about writing down your day in detail?
Do you think you would benefit from it? Why or why not?
What do you think about free style journaling? Pro or con?
Write how you feel…