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Vivid Characters Are Essential in a Memoir

The people in your story are your characters. It is your job to bring vivid literary characters to the attention of your readers. You must use descriptive writing to present believable characters. Without other people, our lives and memoirs risk becoming dull. Although ideas are pivotal for many individuals, relationships are even more commanding. We […]

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First Drafts for a reason

Why They’re Called First Drafts

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 […]

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Ledoux Wedding, September 4, 1944

Our World War 2 Wedding in Maine

My suitcase was packed and ready for our trip to Syracuse, NY, the day after the wedding ceremony because Albert would have to report to base Monday night. That trip would be the only honeymoon we would have because we were having a World War 2 wedding!

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Linger with your memoir pre-writing for producing better stories.

Three Tips for Effective Memoir Pre-Writing

In your memoir pre-writing, there are a number of tasks which you must undertake. They are essential to writing better stories. You also need an effective resource to support you memoir writing. Our Memoir Start-Up Package [thememoirnetwork.com/shop/memoir-start-package/] is a great source of information and motivation–and a $137 package for only $69. Buy yours now. Would […]

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Memoir Writers are Master Sculptors, Part 1

As authors, we are artists and we create masterpieces through our words. Here’s how as memoir writers are master sculptors. With the recent launch her first memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse, Kathy Pooler is reminded that the process of envisioning, carving, chiseling and shaping our book can be […]

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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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