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Get Help on the Memoir Writing Journey

Get Help on the Memoir Writing Journey

To give you an idea of what I do as a memoir consultant and developmental editor, I’ll share some about the path I helped this author take to complete his memoir and have it successfully published.

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Be Inspired, Not Intimidated

Be Inspired, Not Intimidated

As writers, some of your best mentors are successful writers in your genre. But you have to read them! Stephen King says, “If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

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Naming Names: Truth in Memoir

Naming Names: Truth in Memoir

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare shot Cupid’s bow many a time with the ageless romance of those lines, and he makes a good point: Whatever you may call someone, they are who they are, no matter

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The Spirit of the Times

The Spirit of the Times

Everyday pleasures. My neon green transistor radio. The stack of ’45s I played on my turntable—the Temptations, the Jackson 5. Monday nights watching Laugh-In. Bazooka Bubble Gum. Astro Pops. Fizzies. It’s a 1960s childhood. I flattened my thick wavy hair with egg shampoo and wrapped it around my head every

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Make Your “Fertile 50” List

Make Your "Fertile 50" List

It’s springtime in Texas, when the bluebonnets are in bloom and women from around the country come together for a conference in Austin to learn more about lifewriting. It’s the “Stories from the Heart” conference of the national organization Story Circle Network, “for women with stories to tell,” April 15

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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

Recently, a woman I know received a surprise in the mail. A relative of nearly 90 years old had sent a photograph she’d never seen before. It was an old black and white family photo that raised more questions than gave answers — and she already had questions, plenty of

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Memoir Writing Is Beautiful, Hard Work

Memoir Writing Is Beautiful, Hard Work

Have you heard the Zen saying: Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water? Replace “before enlightenment” with “to be a good writer” and you’ll have the formula.

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100 Years in the Life Goes Digital!

100 Years in the Life Goes Digital!

When you come to the author Meet & Greet this March at Copperfield’s bookstore in San Rafael or Petaluma, bring your Kindle or your iPad with you. I can’t sign it, but I’d love to say hello.

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Meet the Author: 100 Years in the Life of an American Girl • True Stories 1910 – 2010

Meet the Author: 100 Years in the Life of an American Girl • True Stories 1910 - 2010

Are you in the Bay Area on Saturday March 14, 1:30 – 3:30? If so, please drop by the Petaluma Copperfield’s Bookstore, a Meet & Greet where I’ll have a table near the entrance and I’ll be saying hello and signing books. San Rafael Copperfield’s is hosting a second author

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Writing “Just for Family”?

Writing "Just for Family"?

This topic has been on my mind for — well, almost twenty years. When I started teaching memoir back in 1996, twenty-two people circled a big table at the local junior college. Stories so ready to tell poured out of them. Some of those stories kept my students awake at

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