THE DILEMMA DU JOUR is what to write next. At least it is for me. In fact, the dilemma of the day, every day, is what to write next, isn’t it? And this from someone who lives with a time grid on her wall, the argument for her current writing project also stuck on that wall, and a high quotient of writing students and clients who follow her advice. Yes: I admit it. I, too, struggle daily with what to write next. [Read more…]
MY DAUGHTER GAVE ME a book I do not understand. It’s a wonderful feeling. Settling into bed last night, my first night with it, I was thrown out from under my comforter and tossed into a place of cold, hard perplexion and fear. Never happier after not understanding the first page, I had a similar reaction to not understanding the second. Didn’t she say this was a memoir? Suddenly I found myself wondering what is a memoir, and is this one? Gleeful, I plunged on. [Read more…]
WRITING SOMEONE ELSE’S STORY is always a difficult assignment. How, for instance, do you achieve the voice of the other, and how much of your own can seep in? These were some of the questions put before Marvin Rapp who, with his wife, Lori, has run a Jerusalem popular bake shop and catering company for more than 20 years. Their new book was written by Marvin in Lori’s voice and is as delightful to read as the recipes within it are delicious to taste. Entitled Secrets from Lori Rapp’s Kitchen, the book has achieved nightstand status in my house, as I read and laugh, plan and peruse and go to bed each night hungrier than I’d prefer. I asked Marvin to discuss the secrets of how to write someone else’s story. Here is the result. [Read more…]
ARE THERE RULES FOR WRITING MEMOIR? For instance, can your story be enlarged by the story of someone else whose life parallels or informs your own? When Maria Mutch proposed this question as a Writing Lessons piece, I knew I had a fine writer on the line, and that I wanted to introduce you to her. The author of the remarkable memoir, Know the Night, Maria just learned that her book was named one of Oprah’s “Memoirs Too Powerful to Put Down.” For good reason. It is. Read on. [Read more…]
HOW TO TELL a difficult tale? It’s a topic Bette Lynch Husted, our new guest blogger, eagerly took on when she suggested writing about a very under-reported aspect of diversity — class. I was delighted. I think you will be, as well. Read to the end to find out how you can win a copy of Lessons from the Borderlands, another fine book from the ever-wonderful Plain View Press. [Read more…]
HOW TO MAKE the personal public? Good question, isn’t it? How to write a personal story is enough of a question, of course, but when you want to publish that story, offering it up for others to read and respond, the questions you must ask yourself, and the tasks you must perform get tougher. Writing for public view is a process of decisions and hard work. Here to walk us through that process is Diane Cameron, author of not one, but two, recent books.
We could not be in better hands. I think you’ll agree as you read on. [Read more…]