The Music of Writing

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Photo by Andree Brown

THE QUESTION WAS SIMPLE: What is the difference between what your piece of memoir is about and the plot of that memoir? The person asking it is a client of my memoir editing services, and while I’ve heard this particular question thousands of times in the twenty years of teaching memoir, this time I heard music. Actual music. And while I briefly contemplated that madness itself has set in, I decided against that reading and went instead for metaphor. Ah, metaphor. [Continue reading]

How to Get Writing Inspiration In Your Own Backyard


I DELIBERATELY LIVE NEAR WHAT I CALL the E-Triangle. It’s my own designation, and not one you’ll find on a map, but one that I consider my own personal place of deep inspiration. Perhaps you have one of your own – somewhere you wanted to live because … [Continue reading]

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CREATIVE INSPIRATION COMES at you from every direction. In this time of hyper-media involvement, we can sometimes simply want to duck. But don't. I mean, why should you when I am willing to taking on the task of organization for you? Nothing like … [Continue reading]