My Blog


SNEAK PEEK #6: The 1960s

“Survival Rules”  — from Chapter 6 in my upcoming book, “100 Years in the Life of an American Girl: True Stories 1910 – 2010” (publishing summer 2013) “Survival Rules”   Johnny, Arkansas Johnny lived in town with her family on four acres. They grew or raised everything they ate: collard

Read more

Who Is She?

Memoir is about people and experiences. It’s about relationships, connection. And characters — the people in our life stories — are at the heart of it all. I see some of my students and clients writing memoir that can suffer from describing incidents one after another, neglecting the important fact

Read more

SNEAK PEEK #5: The 1950s

“Southern Girl”  — from my upcoming book, “100 Years in the Life of an American Girl: True Stories 1910 – 2010” (publishing summer 2013) Chapter 5: The 1950s “Southern Girl”   Belva Carole — Savannah, Georgia Belva Carole lived in two different worlds in this part of the Old South, the

Read more

Real Life Characters—The Heart of Your Memoir

Free Teleseminar Thursday March 7, 2013 4 pm PST   5 pm MST   6 pm CST   7 pm EST  Join me for my free teleseminar on creating believable characters in memoir. I’ll be the featured speaker on a Roundtable teleseminar at the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) on how to

Read more

SNEAK PEEK #4: The 1940s

“Wartime Comes to the West Coast” — from Chapter 4 of my upcoming book, “100 Years in the Life of an American Girl: True Stories 1910 – 2010.” The book will be a rare view inside the lives of over 50 young girls from around the country and throughout a century. While

Read more

Sneak Peek #3: The 1930s

100 Years in the Life of an American Girl: True Stories 1910 – 2010   My new book will give a rare view inside: this is life in the words of young girls from around the country and throughout a century. While the book is in production, I’ve decided to share

Read more

What Would You Do?

Maybe it’s the nature of inspiration, but inspiration always comes when I’m not looking for it. Recently, it came in the form of a helicopter tour that was a dream come true for a dear friend who didn’t expect to see her 50th birthday. In fact, Kim didn’t think she’d

Read more

Sneak Peek #2: The 1920s

This is life in the words of young girls from around the country and throughout a century: “100 Years in the Life of an American Girl: True Stories 1910 – 2010.”  While the book is in production I’ve decided to share a taste of these fabulous stories by giving a peek into

Read more

Lying By Omission?

It came as a surprise to me years ago to learn that NOT saying something could be considered lying, at least according to my stepmother, whose opinions on things like that mattered when I was in high school. “But I never said I [fill in the blank]!” I’d protest, when

Read more

Sneak Peek #1: The 1910s

“100 Years in the Life of an American Girl: True Stories 1910 – 2010,” will showcase life through the eyes of young girls from around the country with six or seven stories of girlhood in the words of the girls themselves in each chapter. Collecting these stories by submission and interview

Read more
Page 3 of 612345...Last »

Latest Posts

Start Writing!

These short, catchy phrases are a great way to jump-start your writing. Use them to get your writing gears going or reach for them whenever you're in the mood for a fresh topic. By signing up for this fun e-book you'll also be the first to get occasional announcements about my online memoir classes, great writing tips, and more. Email addresses are never shared.

SS_nlSignupCTAfooter_v02