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The true joy of writing

A lovely student and friend of mine told me yesterday that she didn’t really like to write. She just wanted to have written a book that would be held in the collection at the Library of Congress. 604 more words

Ten Thoughts on Writing about Family Members

The First Five

  1. Follow your own ethical principles. Think hard and cleave to what it right for you.
  2. If you are deeply uncomfortable writing about family members at all, follow your gut.
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Dare to write the hard stuff

All memoir writers—and perhaps most creative writers—have material to which they give a wide berth. This is the dangerous stuff: the experience they fear to admit; that is too painful to touch; that they worry, if put into print, will infuriate another; that a family member has forbidden them to ever speak of. 465 more words

How to get your memoir published

After you have toiled and tinkered and revised for ages, and you feel you finally have a strong manuscript, you begin to wonder how on earth to get your book into print. 702 more words

When You Get Feedback That Lacerates

Most of the time the students in my workshops are sensitive and tactful, attending to the strengths and possibilities in their fellows’ work.   Most of the time, students respect and appreciate each other’s writing goals and put forth sincere and helpful comments that help the writer along. 497 more words

You Are Not Rubbish

Too often we writers—sensitive souls as many of us are—over-value critical comments and critical people. Only their words count because, after all, we know all too well, we ARE worthless bits of rubbish. 159 more words

How to Publish Your Memoir

After you have toiled and tinkered and revised for ages, and you feel you finally have a strong manuscript, you begin to wonder how on earth to get your book into print… 62 more words