THE LAST FEW WEEKS have brought the bounty that May is known for. Let’s see if I can give a rich and quick recap for you of those things I found online and in the world that might get you writing memoir. Ready? Read on.
People frequently write in asking for writing tips, and perhaps the greatest tip I can give you is that if you are looking for a sure-fire way to combat writer’s block, you need look no further than doing a little research. And while I would go so far as to say that there really is no such thing as writer’s block, I know many would disagree. [Read more...]
Your New Best Friend:
The Deadline Calendar
GO ON, TRY my interactive calendar of emotional high holy days, regular-version high holy days and more. Hover your cursor over a cinnamon-colored date to see what pops up. Use it to start personal essays, radio pieces and op-eds to submit on deadline. How? Look three months out for radio ideas; six to twelve for magazine pieces. Pick it, write it, submit it. You’re a writer. That’s what writers do.
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May, 5 2013
Cinco de Mayo
It is Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces in 1862. This is a great one for everything from a memoir about someone else’s cultural holidays, some food memoir perhaps, or a piece of memoir placed at celebration for the day.
May, 12 2013
Hurricanes Finally Get Named for Men, As Well
It was on this day in 1978 that hurricanes also were named for men. Previously named only for women, this seems like justice, however late. What’s in a name? My sister has something to say about that, named as she is, for a racehorse. I told this story on NPR’s All Things Considered. Have a look.
May, 23 2013
The Father of Taxomony is Born
On this day in 1707 was the birth of Carl Linneaus, the man who created order out of chaos by creating a classification system for naming and identifying plants. I created one of those, though mine divides by people, asking if you are either a burger or a burrito. Check it out.