Nothing can rightly be called a first unless there is a second. That is why first drafts are called first drafts. A writer must expect to write a second draft, and a third even. No one can sit down and churn out countless pages of prose that don’t need rewriting. Jack Kerouac claimed he did […]
Motivation for writing isn’t always found so readily. Sometimes putting pen to paper and fingers to the keyboard requires a nudge.
“Should I write my Memoir? Is it worth the time to write?” a man asked me recently,adding “Most people don’t have a memoir that was worth their time to write.” “Worth the time to write?” I repeated—raising my voice into a question. “Not only is every life worth writing about,” I countered, “but the writing […]
One begins a memoir with a sense of the uniqueness of the story. “It simply has to be told,” you realize excitedly. “The world needs to hear about this.” Then as you write week after week, month after month, and sometimes year after year, that uniqueness sometimes seems to evaporate as you distance yourself from […]
Have you struggled with picking your memoir up again and not quite knowing how to get back into it? Rather than castigate yourself, why not simply set some time aside to re-read your memoir? The following suggestions are from the Pick Up Your Memoir Again—And Finish It! a course on successfully dealing with writer’s block.
There are writers stop writing and then do not know how to re-connect to the writing life. Writers who have stopped writing may want to write again, to pick up their memoir, but what has happened is that the train of thought, the feeling, and the sensibility that went into the creation of those previously-written […]
William Andrews about his experience writing his recent book, Daughters of the Dragon. Bill exemplifies a commitment to writing. It is the same commitment but in the memoir field that will see all of us succeed at our endeavors.
Recently, someone asked me what are the biggest barriers memoir writers face to being successful. Three came to mind right away. Below, I write about them and offer suggestions for eliminating these barriers. 1. Writers often put off writing a good memoir in favor of struggling unsuccessfully to create a perfect one. This is […]
Why do we love stories? Stories fascinate us all our lives. As children, we loved to be told fairy tales and to hear, time after time, the tales our parents told us about what we did and said when we were babies, as well as the stories about their own childhoods. As soon as we […]
Why is writing with passion so hard? Why does what you want to write become so difficult to do the moment you sit down to write a memoir? Where are the words you need to convey the excitement or the dread or the anticipation of your life experience? After writing a while, you are shocked […]
A Master Writer Group: Is it for you? I belong to several membership groups that have proven valuable to me. Receiving significant new material regularly is a good prompt and I have loved finding a note in my email telling me to log on to the membership site for new products—often bonus products. I also […]