Shimmering Images, by Lisa Dale Norton

Shimmering Images, by Lisa Dale Norton

I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

Shimmering ImagesShimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir is a short little book full of useful advice and instruction. A “shimmering image” is “a memory that rises in your consciousness like a photograph pulsing with meaning.” Norton defines these as the bedrock of memoir and endeavors to help you mine them from your life.

The book is divided into three parts: (I) The Ideas Behind the Process; (II) The Process; and (III) The Tools To Craft the Process. Norton is pithy and succinct. She makes her point and moves on, which is particularly refreshing in a book about writing. Norton provides useful several techniques and exercises to help you write and revise your memories.

Though I don’t have any plans to write a memoir, I enjoyed this little book and would recommend it to those who have an itch to write about their lives.

The definition of a “memoir” has been hotly debated recently. For Norton’s definition and views on the subject, see this article.

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