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What I Do to Stay in the Memoir-Writing Conversation

How To Stay Involved in the Memoir Writing Conversation

Keeping The Memoir Writing Conversation Going Can Be Difficult Unless You keep Yourself Motivated

I hope you’ll find these suggestions helpful.

1. I read professional journals. Poets and Writers from cover to cover. Other people read The Writer’s Digest or The Writer. I receive the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance e-newsletter weekly. It’s a membership newsletter and comes chock full of news about what other writers are doing, readings schedules, and announcements of book publications. Do you have a favorite publication?

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2. I like to read memoirs. (Surprise! What else is new?) I find that reading a memoir stimulates me to emulate.

3. I listen to a ton of MP3s on memoir writing and writing in general. The National Association of Memoir Writers offers many free downloads as well as ones to purchase. Our own site has many MP3s for both sale and for free. [These are in the free membership area. The link leads to a trail for becoming a free member.]

4. Rereading my manuscript also stimulates me. The same goes for reviewing my journal.

5. I go to many writing blogs. There are too many to name but Kathy Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey is a fine one. So is Wayne Groner’s and Madeleine Sharple’s.

6. For readers such as yourself, I hope my e-newsletter,  The Lifewriter’s Digest, helps you to stay in the conversation. Suggestions for change or additions? Please drop me a line at: denis@thememoirnetwork.com

 

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