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R a s m a   H a i d r i

Writing for the necessity of joy and the joy of necessity...

What’s the buzz, tell me what’s been happening…

Yea! I did it! I just finished my AWA certification program. Thankfully for me they did it online this time, and in the morning on the Pacific Coast, so it was at a decent hour for me here in Norway. I’m proud to be the first AWA trained workshop leader in the country of Norway, all of Scandinavia actually. There are only a handful of us in Europe, for now. The AWA method is both revolutionary and nothing new. Nothing new because free writing has been around now for decades and everyone knows, at least in theory, that to write you just have to start doing it.

I am working on a memoir, have been for a while although it is continually renewing itself so it feels over and over like I’m just starting. Thinking a lot about the process of writing any kind of prose, but in particular memoir. It is a common misconception that it is harder to write fiction than creative non-fiction, because in non-fiction you are just writing what happened. That’s the rub, what did happen? In fiction you get to decide that as you go along. In non-fiction you are a slave to truth, and facts and truth are often at odds. 

Check out the article on Brevity.

Thanks to Anti-Heroin Chic for reprintingWhat the End is Forin their hot-off-the-press Grief and Loss issue.

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