The following is excerpted from the memoir My Eye Fell Into the Soup. Additional excerpts will follow on Saturdays. We hope to publish the e-version of the book on May 30, 2017, and the hard copy sometime in June. Martha began writing a journal before I knew her, and she wrote consistently for the 31 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mary Ellen Ellwell was a writing client with whom I especially enjoyed working. She brought to the relationship a sense of the value of collaboration. This made the time together a creative one for both of us. Below is her account of writing her book. Mary Ellen departed from the Q/A format but very smoothly […]
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 […]
As you articulate your theme, ask yourself if this theme is really yours–does it reflect your present understanding of your story and of life itself?
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.
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 […]
You can always tell the story in the “official” version, but you will be at odds to tell the story well.