There are five essential tools I have on my desk every day when I write — five tools that I cannot write without. They have not changed in many years and I suspect they never will. Why? Because they work. They get used every single day. All of them. And I look forward to seeing them every day when I get to my desk. [Read more…]
DID YOU EVER WONDER what happens before a writer sits down to actually write a book? I’d be glad to tell you. It’s simple. We plan. Much like with any of life’s big projects – college, weddings and feasts, for instance – there is a lot of prep that goes down before the major event actually unfolds. I think the idea of planning for a book is a shock to many. So let’s resolve to start the new year off shock-free, shall we? [Read more…]
MEMOIR WRITING PODCASTS are growing in number, and I’m delighted. After all, the very best conversations are literary conversations, and of those, my favorites are when I get to talk about memoir with a smart writer. Speaking of which, let me introduce Jennifer Blanchard, writer, blogger, author and host of the Pro Writer Mindset podcast. We had a ball talking memoir. Want to listen in?
I met Jennifer at Jeff Goins’ marvelous Tribes Writers conference in Franklin, Tennessee earlier this year. Jennifer and I were sitting at the same table and by the end of day one were fast friends. It’s like that at Tribe. We get immediately invested in one another’s success and off we go, talking writing, exchanging ideas and generally doing what Tribe prescribes: Getting better at this thing called writing.
Listen to Jennifer and me talking writing on the Pro Writer Mindset podcast. And then get to work.
AS YOU WELL KNOW, if you type the words, “how to write a book,” into any search engine you will yet mixed results, some from people who have never written much more than that blog post to which you will be sent if you click on the link. I’ve got a better suggestion, one that will lead you straight to well-published, well-received writers talking about the work. [Read more…]
I HEAR A LOT OF EXCUSES. And I should. I am a writing coach and a memoir editor – not to mention a mother and wife, occupations that also come with fielding heaps of explanations – but it’s in those first two roles that I hear most about why people cannot do what they most want to do. And I’m sympathetic. Kind of. Sort of. Actually, not really all that much. I mean, I teach people how to write memoir, and while there are myriad reasons why writing is hard, there are very few good reasons not to write. [Read more…]
THE NUMBER ONE THING YOU NEED TO WRITE MEMOIR is not a good memory. Nope, it’s not. It’s not a full understanding of your family’s genealogy, nor is it having even a passing interest in who begat whom. No. It’s not what you think it might be. For instance, it’s not the ability to write great dialogue, or scenes, nor is it the strong desire to write in this genre. What is it, then? You might be surprised, especially when you hear that it came to me while cleaning my car. [Read more…]