MY FATHER – ON WRITING

Writing books is easy!

By Georgia Lee, from the diary of Emmett Lee     

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Dad reading to my son Miles, 1991

      When my father, Emmett Lloyd Lee, turned 80, I gave him a guided journal

“A Father’s Legacy – Your Life’s Story in Your Own Words.” Dad is a

natural, conversational writer, full of depth yet lacking pretension. Reluctantly

accepting my gift, he then became obsessed with writing every day, filling every page

and requesting more journals. He began to ignore guided prompts and chose his own – a
 
topic under each letter of the alphabet. I now teach Memoir Writing, at OLLI, a division
 
of Emory University and with groups and private clients. I use Dad’s musings as
 
examples for students who believe good writing must be fancy, multi-syllabic and
 
impossible to read to be any good. My Father’s Day tribute is Dad’s own words
 
                                              ON WRITING BOOKS
      I always thought that writing books must be a hard job. Not so! It’s easy. Just follow
 
certain steps. Write with a pen, not on a computer. Get a ready-made book (like this
 
one-“A Father’s Legacy” and just write in it. Respond to questions. Don’t like the
 
questions? Answer them anyway. It’s fine, and might be better, to come up with your
 
own, to be sure you can answer them. Or, like every politician questioned by the media
 
on T.V., just answer another question. Next, you must decide if writing about yourself,
 
how much are you going to tell. Anyone could write a bestseller under the title: “Let it All
 
Hang Out – My life’s most sordid secrets revealed” You know this has never been done.
 
As Hamlet’s father’s ghost said, “I could unfurl a tale which would chill your young
blood.” And so could everyone else.
My father died July 1, 2014. He was 89. 
DAD - circa mid-1950s

How much to reveal – that is the question

“Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” — Hamlet – William Shakespeare

About georgialeesays

Award-winning journalist, editor and writer of multiple genres. Former Bureau Chief, Womens Wear Daily and W magazine. Past director, Ivy Hall, The SCAD Atlanta writing center. Vice President, programming for Atlanta Writers Club. Freelance writer/editor of every subject in the known universe. Lover of clean, clear writing -"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." - Nietzsche. I teach yoga, meditation, in retreat settings. Seeker of truth and transcendence. Reincarnation of Edgar Allen Poe. "Life is but a dream within a dream within a dream" Write. Create. Learn. Dance. Yoga. Sleep. Dream.
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