When I sat down to write my first post here over four years ago – I didn’t do it while considering myself a writer. I considered myself a mother who wanted to have a place to express my truths as a mother. These truths of my being that one day my daughters would read.
I have a pink silk covered baby book filled with delicate aging pages of facts. Of truths. My mom spent 18 years writing this baby book for me. My first teeth, my growth, my first words, my first date, the first time I slammed my bedroom door. Woven into these basic facts of growing up are funny little stories that my mom has written in the margins. The memorable things and truths that she didn’t want to forget and wanted to make sure that I knew one day.
So aren’t we fortunate in this day to have our blogs to share our truths that our children may unwrap one day like an aging delicate baby book covered in a beautiful pink silk.
I admit that as a blogger, not a writer, I felt inspired as I started making my way through Kate’s beautiful book. Her stories, even the painful ones, were so eloquent, beautiful, detailed, and real to me that I continually wanted more. And I wanted to write more. I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to dig deeper. I wanted to give more.
Kate’s book gives amazing examples and essays from many writers on using simple tools on how – as a mother – to use your words. How to expand on the sensory details of an event, how to use humor, how to write the hard stuff, and how to put a voice in your narrative. Kate makes the small writing exercises personal, doable and something that you truly just want to drop everything and do.right.then.
Use Your Words will help any writer, beginning or experienced, reckon with the messy stuff of life and shape it into memoir.
- Caroline Grant
And Kate’s book will help me put my words on this page for my children in way that my truths for them will be more eloquently expressed.
The lovely and talented Kate Hopper has spent nearly a decade teaching women to write down the bones of motherhood – teaching classes online and at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis . Now her new book Use Your Words, gives expert guidance to encourage you to write the stories you need to write, whether your goal is to blog, publish magazine articles or pen the next blockbuster memoir.
Kate herself says -
I hope that readers will begin this book with an interest in writing, and finish it having discovered
the power of writing their lives and dedicated to continuing the important work of writing about
motherhood. I hope they will see the varied ways one can write about their children and the
transformations inherent in motherhood, and have a better sense of how to craft the stories that nag
at them, that beg to be written.
Kate is one of the warmest, kindest, talented women I have ever met. Her writing is directly from her heart and you feel it with every word as she paints a picture of what truly motherhood is. I’m hoping that one day as I explore my writing roots and put pen to paper(or key to screen) that I can even scratch the surface of possibility of showing my daughters who their mother really is.
I’m thrilled to participate in this ‘virtual book tour’ and share Kate Hopper’s Use Your Words writing guide with you. I do hope you will click over and find out more about Kate and you can get your copy of Use Your Words A Writing Guide For Mothers at Amazon and from Powell’s Books
And now that you love Kate and are ready to find your voice and tell your motherhood truths – I want to give away Kate’s book to one of my readers in celebration of Mother’s Day .
To Enter - All you have to do is comment on this post on what you would still love to write about and haven’t yet, or comment with a link to your favorite post on motherhood that you’ve written on your own blog, or tell me what you want to work on as you continue to inspire your own writing.
The winner of Kate’s book will be chosen at random from the comments on Monday, May 14th at 8pm Central.