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…]
I LOVE PODCASTS, and particularly love being part of one. But few things are more of a delight than being interviewed on a really good one that I already subscribe to. That is a blast, and is the case this week when I was interviewed on The Sweet Adversity Podcast, hosted by writer Nick DiNardo. What are we talking about? Writing with intent, of course, but much more, my particular favorite conversation being about writing from adversity.
AS A MEMOIR COACH, I hear and read lots of stories and, as a result, I love to listen. I do it all day for storytellers as part of my job. I do it for my family, to the dog (of course) and to my students, whose tales need shaping, and whose work always begins with someone listening to their pitch. [Read more…]
HOW MANY PEOPLE do you think are in therapy because of you? Oh, I’m sorry. Did you just spit your tea right onto the computer screen? I know. I had a similar response when the question was posed to me, and in my case it was under non-writing circumstances. [Read more…]