One of my friends, Susan Neufeldt, whom I met at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference years ago and who is writing her own book about wisdom, sent me a link to the NPR program that featured Marion Roach Smith, an author and teacher in the memoir field I had not heard of a week ago. Her brand new book The Memoir Project is getting lots of media attention.
What makes her book different from all the others? Take a clue from the subtitle: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life. Like many successful authors, Smith challenges conventional wisdom: for example, throw away the morning pages and the writing prompts. This advice might come as a shock to fans of Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg.
I haven’t read the book yet, so this is not a review. My focus today is Smith’s outstanding use of video to promote her book. Take a few minutes to watch both the book promo video and the “homemade” family story below. Then offer your comments below.
Did you love the idea of Galileo in a box store above? Now listen to a “thoroughly non-standardized” metaphor for marriage below. Enjoy the laughter and see how sophisticated a simple video can be.
When you buy a new book, do you usually watch the video about the book? Have you made your own videos? What advice to writers do you have concerning video? Did viewing these samples and/or listening to Marion Roach Smith on NPR through the link above make you want to read her book?