As you write a memoir, you will find that you need much more information about technique or about style or about research or any number of other topics. Unless you have been writing much over the years, this is likely to be you. Going to the library for information is a necessary next step for […]
Without other people, our lives and our memoirs risk becoming dull. Although ideas are pivotal for many individuals, relationships are even more commanding. We are intrigued with who other people are and how they function. “Who’s that? What are they doing? Where did they come from?” These are question we want answered. To write a […]
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.
“What can I do about writer’s block?” I am asked regularly by stumped writers. “Pretty much the same as plumber does with a plumber’s block,” I’ll respond. People twitter at this reply. Perhaps it’s because they take my response for a joke and they’re anticipating a good punch line.