Thoughts From the Dan O’Brien Project: Interview With Jonna Ivin

Via Scoop.itJonna Ivin

Me: Do you have words of wisdom about writing that you want to pass on to novelists and writers out there who are starting out?


Jonna: Have fun! If you want to write then write. If you want to publish then publish. If you find that you are filled with angst and banging your head against the wall, then stop doing it. Don’t take yourself so seriously. The single greatest piece of advice I ever received was from a well-known actress I highly respected. I was fretting over some project I was working on and she patiently waited for me to stop complaining then said, “Jonna, you’re not that important. Other people aren’t walking around thinking about you and your life; they are too busy thinking about themselves.” I realized she was right. No one cared if I stayed up nights crying and cursing the blank page on my computer. No one cared if I moped around feeling sorry for myself. I have one life and whether or not I enjoy it is entirely up to me. I love writing so I write and if it brings you joy so should you.



A Guest Post by Memoirist Jonna Ivin on How Writing a Memoir Helped Her to Move From “Will Love for Crumbs” to “No More Crumbs”~

No More Crumbs.

When I decided to write my memoir Will Love For Crumbs I didn’t fully know what direction it would take. I knew the events that had occurred in my life that I wanted to write about, but I didn’t know what it all meant. And then one day as I sat at my computer I typed out the line, “I was so ready and willing to hand my life over, just waiting for that hero to come along and make it all better. I might as well have worn a sign around my neck that read: Will Love for Crumbs.” I stopped and stared at the words I had written and two things hit me. One, I’d just found the title of my book, and two, I’d just discovered what had been holding me back in my life. I had been sitting in the backseat of my own life, hoping someone would come along and drive me to where I wanted to be.

It was a rude awakening. The word that I couldn’t shake from my mind was: Will. I wasn’t “forced” to Love for Crumbs. Seeing the word “will” changed everything. It meant that all this time, I wasn’t a helpless victim that bad things happened to. I had been a willing participant in every aspect of my life. “Will” means I made a choice, and I had chosen to accept less than…

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Jonna Ivin, author of the ebook memoir, Will Love for Crumbs; Vancouver, Washington, USA:

“I wanted people to forget they were reading a memoir, and instead feel themselves experiencing my life with me.

It was important to me that my writing was accessible. It’s just me on those pages. I really feel that I’m just sort of the every woman. I’ve had no formal training in writing. In fact, I moved around so much growing up that I barely graduated from high school. I’ve just recently been studying memoir writing under Kerry Cohen, who wrote, Loose Girl: a memoir of promiscuity.

With my mother being an alcoholic, I would go inside my head a lot and make up stories. It helped me to not feel so isolated. I’d start thinking about a scenario as I fell asleep, and then when I woke up, I’d just continue the…

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