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Why Use Precise Language?

Many memoir writers are under the impression that you need to have an extensive vocabulary to write. An extensive vocabulary can only help you–if by “extensive” you mean many precise words, not just big ones.

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Don’t Pass On Reaching A Larger Readership – 4 Tips   

While  family and friends are a worthy readership for your memoir, it is possible to reach an even larger audience. Here are four suggestions to enable your story to appeal to a broader public.   1) Write a story that is truly well-written and whose reading—the prose itself—will bring joy to your reader. To do […]

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Don’t Let Writer’s Block Stop You

“What can I do about writer’s block?” I am asked regularly by stumped writers. “Pretty much the same as plumber does with a plumber’s block,” I’ll respond. People twitter at this reply. Perhaps it’s because they take my response for a joke and they’re anticipating a good punch line.

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Dramatic development, not big events, adds up to an interesting memoir.

What makes for an interesting memoir? People will sometimes suppose that only big drama can make an interesting memoir. Of course, there are many readers who require constant titillation if they are to remain reading. Perhaps they are not the readers you should be seeking for your memoir. Nonetheless, nearly all readers require some attention […]

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How to Write a Successful Memoir: Digging for Treasure

Today’s successful memoir writer is Jean Crichton. Jean attended the very first national workshop that I organized in 2000. From that time, we developed a strong working relationship via coaching and editing. She was one of those writers who was an absolute pleasure to work with. To read past interviews For the most recent interview with […]

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November 30 Activity: Set a Timeline for Writing Your Memoir

You need a timeline for writing your memoir. It will both speed up the writing process and assure that your complete your book. It is possible of course to choose to write a memoir so that it takes you forever to complete it. You can write when you feel like it for as long as […]

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November 29: How to Write an Introduction for a Memoir

The introduction for a memoir can be pivotal. I suggest that you write an Introduction to be placed before the first chapter of your book. The Introduction lets fly a hook to get the reader caught so s/he reads on. In a bookstore, the Introduction is often what the reader peruses. Online, the sample copy […]

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