IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE: Me and a room full of psychoanalysts, more than one hundred of them, in fact, and I was telling them about my writing life, illustrating for them my belief in the power of telling one’s tale. If only I could have been doing it prone, stretched out on a couch covered in a remarkable Persian carpet, with two velvet pillows behind my thrumming head, the sounds of Old Vienna pulsing through the window, sometime after tea during…Whoa. Hold on. Wait one single second. Where was I? [Read more…]
THERE MAY BE no greater honor than having another writer benefit from something I’ve written. But though I am always glad to hear from readers, I have rarely been as honored as I am to have the ever-wonderful Pamela Hodges state for the record that she has not only read my book, The Memoir Project, three times (three times!), but that it has been so very helpful to her that she wants to share it with her readers.
And so she has, in a column on The Write Practice. I am delighted, to say the least. See if her 19 Tips on Writing Memoir sparks you to go back to the desk and work. I hope so.
AS A MEMOIR COACH and writing teacher, I am accustomed to a great deal of pushback from writers about re-entering troubled times. “Why should I go back there?” someone will ask, particularly after a difficult edit. It begs the question of whether writing through sadness makes things better or worse. [Read more…]
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 of the way in which its former occupants inform your life, inspire your work, or just simply make you happy. [Read more…]
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 tidying up the universe to make a woman feel good, right? And I am feeling good, creating Pinterest pages for memoir that will make your writing lives much, much easier. [Read more…]
YOU ARE THE CAVALRY. And that’s the truth. I frequently refer to myself as a factory of one. And I am. And so are you, if you are a writer. In fact, just last night, listening to yet another free webinar about social media, scribbling away when I would have preferred to be watching something – anything – on demand on TV, I was chanting to myself my little mantra about being a factory of one. And it kept me scribbling. We are on our own here, folks, and that’s not the worst company in the world. [Read more…]