AS YOU MAY REMEMBER, I talk to my dog. But that does not prevent me from also talking to cats, as I did last week. I think it went quite well, especially considering that the cat is Pooh Hodges, a scrappy raconteur (note the one ear), whose typist assists him in his wildly popular column on the marvelous website, The Write Practice. Have a look at How to Write a Memoir, and if you like what you read, please go tell Pooh.
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…]
THE BEST MEMOIR WRITING knows its limits. It does not take on too much. It does not take on too little. It takes on exactly enough and stays with it until it’s done. To illustrate this idea in my class, I’ll hold up my hands about shoulder width, thumbs up, fingers facing forward and pretend to be taking a slice out of someone’s timeline. “Just give me this much,” I’ll say, and if I get a blank look, I’ll usually offer, “Just go from here to there.” If I am working as a memoir editor or developmental editor over the phone, I’ll probably talk about the “here to there” of the best memoir writing. [Read more…]
APPARENTLY I AM A DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR for memoir. I had not know that until recently when four separate email inquiries came in using that phrase. Huh, I thought, and did not think much more about it until a few days later when someone referred to me as a “memoir development editor.” That was quickly followed by an email asking if I was a “development editor,” which, in turn, was followed by an inquiry into my “developmental editing” skills. Something, clearly, has shifted. [Read more…]
THAT HE WAS BOOED AND SHUNNED; that people brought watermelons to the game; that he fought on. Those are the details I heard on public radio that made me come home and pull up the story and read it for myself. These things happened in my country, during sporting events in the 1980s. That’s right – the 1980s — and in a sport that remains stubbornly white to this day. Is this why I read memoir? In part, it is. [Read more…]