IN THE RUN-UP to the holidays it seemed like there was no new memoir to read. Uh oh, I thought. This was not good. And then things changed. “Ah,” I said yesterday, as I read through my Google search results for new memoir, “ah.” Settle back in your chair and let me share my finds with you. [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? Here are my 5 simple steps to plan a book. [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…]
SINCE PUBLICATION OF THE MEMOIR PROJECT, my irreverent little book on how to write memoir, there has not been one day that I have not wanted to tweak it, adding a small thought or a phrase to what I published in its pages. And why not? Every day I learn another thing or two about this great art of writing what you know. Just today it was something new about how to write a first draft. [Read more…]
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.