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Making of the Photo Scribe

About the making of the Photo Scribe: A Writing Guide / How to Write Stories into Photo Albums One day in 1996, I read an article in a local newspaper about a scrapbook workshop called Creative Memories that was about to be presented. There was something about the tone of the article that led me […]

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Turning a Journal into A Memoir

I have been slowly revising my latest book My Eye Fell Into the Soup. This book is the first of a two-book set depicting the two years that Martha and I lived with her cancer illness. I have described some of the writing process elsewhere. There was a time when writing / organizing / revising […]

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My first publishing story: independent publication

Let me share my first publishing story My first book, What Became of Them, was a collection of short stories. I had written these stories over a number of years, and then in 1988, I decided it was time to send them out. I sent them to several publishers and waited. I totally understood how […]

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Why You Need an Ebook

Why you need an ebook… While in the past I had published only hard-copy versions of my books, I have increasingly included a digital version. It just makes sense. Ebooks are on the ascendancy are more and more a viable publication option. Every year, their share of the book-reading audience grows. Granted you can’t experience […]

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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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