SOMETIMES THE WORLD of writing is just plain wonderful. Or so it has seemed in the last week. See if you do not agree after meeting a brand new Periodic Table. You remember the Periodic Table of the elements, of course. The one that drove you oh-so-slightly batty in high school? Well, this one is of the elements of writing, and it’s wildly interactive and oh, so much fun. Couple that with a Form Rejection Decoder Thingy I found online and things are truly looking up for those of us who chase ideas all day from a chair. But that’s not all. [Read more...]
EVERY SO OFTEN a week is so chock full of memoir news that I simply must share some of that bounty. These past few days have been that kind of time, and the news I have aggregated here for you includes an upcoming call for submissions, and a discussion of a book that is, according to the Man Booker prize-winning author, “not quite a memoir. Rather it is a view from old age.” Interesting distinction, I think, and one worth exploring. These and other wonders are what I found this week and offer here in a review of recent memoir in the news. [Read more...]
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...]
MEMOIR WRITERS THINK we’ve got it made. That is, until we sit down to write, and all those stories seem to scatter away from our fingertips. Why does this happen? Who knows? But how about we fix it? [Read more...]
NEWS YOU CAN USE. Maybe you saw these stories. Maybe you missed them, but these are among the pieces I’ve read recently that might help you learn how to write memoir, specifically a piece of short, first-person writing – an op-ed, or personal essay. On a somewhat regular basis, I’ll bring you news pieces I find provocative. Here are some that get me going: [Read more...]