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A Cancer Diagnosis

Martha Blowen, my partner in life and in work, died on August 18, 2008, from metastasized breast cancer. The following is from collated excerpts of journals we both kept at the time.  (Before she passed away, she gave me permission to share her entries.) The manuscript is called My Eye Fell Into the Soup, after […]

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Working in Saudi Arabia

On my arrival at Jeddah airport, Harold was there to meet me. As it was lunchtime by the time we arrived on site, Harold took me straight to the canteen. As we walked in, I noticed two seated English guys having lunch. On seeing me walk in, one looked up. “Do you have my passport?” […]

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Can you write more than one memoir? Sue William Silverman has written three.

More Than One Memoir: a Mosaic of Self

Can I write more than one memoir? Once upon a time, people assumed that memoirs were like souls – they were distributed one per customer. If that were true (about memoirs, not souls), then three of the books I’ve published wouldn’t exist. The truth is, each of us plays many different roles in the course […]

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Writing prompts do not lead to writing "from the inside out."

Use this instead of a writing prompt…

As readers of the blog know, I’m not a great fan of writing prompts. Sure, they get you to writing something and many will insist, “Writing something is better than writing nothing…” Well I’m not so sure of that. Writing should matter. It’s hard work, and life is short. What’s better than nothing about writing […]

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How Memoir Editing Works

When I begin memoir editing with clients, I tell them that a proper editing requires three “read-throughs.” It is impossible to give a manuscript all the attention it deserves in one reading. Reading a manuscript without doing any specific editing and forming only a general impression has always seemed a good idea in theory, but […]

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is support for writing a memoir important?

5 Memory Recall Tips

Recalling the details of our life stories can be a challenge. Devising a Memory List is the first best thing you can do, but if you want additional ideas, here are five memory recall tips for remembering more than you might have thought possible.

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vignettes, scenes, dialogues are at the core of your memoir

Vignettes, scenes, and dialogues

Vignettes, scenes, and dialogues are at the core of any memoir—your memoir. Here are some ideas for writing them more quickly and elegantly. 1. Don’t stop to figure out how these snippets may eventually fit together into a story. These bits and pieces will accumulate as you recall more and more and continue to write […]

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