By following the five steps, you can get unstuck and get your story told.
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…]
READING IS A TEAM SPORT, one that takes a village of people in which we pass, hand-to-hand or by word of mouth, the books we love. I had two books literally pressed into my hand this week, both gifts from other readers. And then there are those I read about online that I feel I must press into yours.
Consider yourself part of the team. But remember: Do the same for the next person. Share this list, add what you’re reading. Be generous. Memoir deserves nothing less.
Here is what I’ve been reading about recently.
- Bustle’s 5 Feminist Messages from the Must-Read New Memoir “Love Warrior.”
- A lovely, smart friend of mine sat me down and read to me from this book the other night. It was divine. The whole experience.
- Bryan Cranston. His memoir. What more do I need to say?
- “When in French.” Lauren Collins’ new book. This is getting the very best reviews everywhere.
- Treyf. Know the word? Read the book.
What’s on your nightstand?
I got this fabulous photo from The Public Domain Review. Thank you.
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…]
SHE WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE in high school who said things like, “Well, I’m sure someone will dance with you if you wear that dress.” She ended the quote with the kind of broad smile that looked like scenery more than it resembled reality, but you were young and vulnerable and were too busy changing your dress to think it through. [Read more…]
AS A MEMOIR COACH, I work with clients all over the world, teasing out their stories, reading whole manuscripts, restructuring works, performing content edits, serving as a writing coach, cajoling next sentences/paragraphs/chapters from eager writers, and more. And that’s the easy part. The hard part is helping someone determine exactly how to tell a tale. After all, there are myriad forms of memoir. And just when I think I know them all, along comes another one. This time it’s “essayistic memoir.” [Read more…]
THERE IS LOTS OF MEMOIR NEWS this week and, at least according to me, all of it is good. The New York Times has announced a new weekly column in the form of an essay on a topic that is long overdue for examination. There are new books coming out in the fall, including one by pretty much everyone’s favorite American rock and roller; there is one celebrity memoir in the pipeline that I think we can all agree will be big; and earth itself is getting a good, hard, book-length look. And more. So read on. [Read more…]