All writers eventually need a motivation technique to spur them on to the finish line. They face the atrophy of motivation that seems to come with writing a long memoir over months and months and even over a period of time. Let’s face it: writing can be hard and discouraging. The most interesting of topics […]
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You need a timeline for writing your memoir. It will both speed up the writing process and assure that your complete your book. It is possible of course to choose to write a memoir so that it takes you forever to complete it. You can write when you feel like it for as long as […]
In November is Memoir Writing, you are getting the flow of your story down in a first draft. Your rewriting will have to take place later in your second write through.
Successful Memoir Writing – Recently, someone asked me what are the biggest barriers memoir writers face to being successful. Three came to mind right away.
Your writing is your work: treat it as such! A couple weeks ago, I ran a blog interview with Peggy Kennedy whose memoir, Approaching Neverland depicts her early childhood the memoir of ‘s early life in a family where the mother was mentally ill. The next interview (October 28, 2016) will be with Cindy Doucette whose […]
I’m no more immune than anyone else to the plague of time wasters. Time wasters are habits we fall into that consume the time we have allotted (or could allot) to writing so that we end up not writing! Here are some of the most insidious that take up too much time and squander my […]
Does saying you are a writer make you into a writer? Well, of course, the answer is no. Not ipso facto. Thirty-five or so years ago when my wife said, “When people ask you what you do, why don’t you tell them you are a writer instead of telling them you are a teacher? You […]
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.
Are you a person who is trying to write your memoir or are you a person who is writing it? Your family will likely be left without your memoir if what you do is “try to write a memoir.” This post is full of ideas for going from trying to write to writing.
An unfinished manuscript haunts a writer, sapping energy that ought to go into more writing. Over the years of editing and coaching, I’ve noticed that there seem to be two sorts of people who do not finish their manuscripts.