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Writing Time Wasters

I’m no more immune than anyone else to the plague of time wasters. Time wasters are habits we fall into that consume the time we have allotted (or could allot) to writing so that we end up not writing! Here are some of the most insidious that take up too much time and squander my […]

Start Your Memoir Right

Where Do You Start Writing Your Memoir?

Is there a best place to start writing your memoir? It’s a quandary: where do you start writing your memoir? Many people may say: from the beginning. But, I don’t think that is the best place to start composing. The answer is actually quite simple: Start writing your memoir anywhere in the story.

How do you tell the truth?

Revealing Ourselves in a Memoir: 3 Reasons We Don’t Do It.

In writing a memoir, all of us, at one time or another, come against the fear of revealing too much of ourselves. The fear is founded—it’s not always a friendly world out there. And… As we reveal too much about ourselves, we may be revealing too much about someone else. But, excessive revealing is generally […]

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Writing Is Soul Work

Do you find that writing is soul work or do you struggle with doing your pages? Like many readers of this blog, I myself struggle with the concept of what it means to me to be a writer. Notice I have written “what it means to me.” I am not much concerned with how other […]

Start Your Memoir Right

Seven Reasons for Writing a More Personal Memoir

You must not resist writing a more personal memoir. You want to write your memoir, but you resist getting too personal, going in too deep. Your guarded secret that you wanted to have your own business one day or your hope that your father would apologize eventually for his denigration of you—this has happened and […]

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8 Tips for a Fast Start to Writing Your Memoir  

To help you to get a fast start writing and to write your memoirs more prolifically–and even bring them to a finish in the form of a published memoir–I offer these eight suggestions. They are tried and true tips that bear repeating and repeating.

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Make a Memoir Writing Schedule That Works For You.

A memoir writing schedule frees the imagination. When you know that you will write your lifestories at a certain time, then you will not feel anguished if you are not writing all the time. Because the unconscious seems to thrive on ritual—and memory depends heavily on the cooperation of the unconscious as well as the […]

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Add Depth To Your Memoir

It’s time to add depth to your memoir. Here are links to five information-packed articles that are sure to make you think more deeply about your writing—and help you in the important task of re-writing your stories and vignettes so that they form a more coherent and meaningful whole.

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Linger With Your Story — It’s a Good Habit to Develop.

Many, and perhaps most, people write too fast. I don’t mean that they end up with a text characterized by sloppy grammar, spelling problems and chronology issues. No, what I mean is that they push through the process of writing their stories much too quickly. They end up with only a part of the story […]

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