My most recent book, A Sugary Frosting / A Memoir of a Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage, is making its way to publication. To launch it, as many readers know, I created an advanced reader community and was able to gather 90+ people who volunteered to write a review for Amazon in exchange for a […]
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Every memoir, during its preparation stage, needs to have these three functions filled by an appropriate professional. No book ought to go out into the world without having these three tasks implemented. Developmental editing is somewhat different. It has to do, as the name implies, with developing a manuscript to its full potential, and a […]
I do not write a memoir from an outline. Instead I create a Memory List as outlined in Chapter 2 of Turning Memories Into Memoirs. The Memory List helps you to follow the promptings of the unconscious rather than the dictates of the conscious mind as is the case with an outline. (An outline is […]
Is first paragraph of a memoir really important? Yes. The first paragraph of a memoir sets the tone. Writers sometimes struggle with how to begin a story and will not write the story until they have the beginning—the first paragraph. This is not a good way to proceed.
I’m finished writing the text for my next book, A Sugary Frosting/A Memoir of A Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage. What follows is a synopsis of what I am doing to promote the book so that its natural audience is aware of it.
Mechanics of Writing a Memoir: It’s not all Inspiration. In a previous post, I wrote about the inspiration for writing A Sugary Frosting / A Memoir of a Girlhood Spent In A Parsonage. In this post, I will write about some of the mechanics of writing a memoir. I started to write the memoir seriously in […]
Realize Your Dream: Choose a Ghostwriter “Between you and me, I’m never going to do this,” said the woman on the other end of the phone line, a woman who was signed up for my forthcoming workshop here in Maine.
I wrote a lengthy reply to Gayle to her question concerning my recent post, “Another Memoir Finished: What Was the Writing Process?” She asked a legitimate question about whether A Sugary Frosting is really a memoir: “Can you call it a memoir when you embellish the writings of your wife and even added stories that […]
Memoir writers can achieve much alone. But, it is also true that working with a memoir professional can cut down the time it takes to produce a book of memoirs and can significantly jack up the quality.
When writing a memoir or family history, you will inevitably come across bits of information that you want to include, but which you cannot verify…