How true is your story? Can you possibly remember everything important to include in a scene from an event that happened thirty or forty years ago? And what about emotional memory versus fact—the truths you know by experience that can’t be verified by provable facts? With memoir, truth is expected.Read More
Every week I talk with people at different points on the writing journey. Some people have an idea for a book, some have finished a first draft, some have started writing and want to know the best next steps. With all the writers I work with, we start by consideringRead More
The question can come any time of the day or night: “Does my story matter?”
It can stop you in your tracks.
The question doesn’t usually come asking for an answer either. Why is that? Because the question is more an expression of self-doubt than a real question asking for a real answer….Read More
Writing a memoir is a creatively challenging experience, even for the most experienced of writers. It is creative nonfiction at its finest—a story carved from out of lived experience and shaped to tell an engaging, important story. It’s often a story drawn out of a situation, like Kimberly Rae Miller’sRead More
No matter how unique and compelling your story is, you set the bar impossibly high when you say you want a bestseller and nothing less. There’s no way to know that’s what your book can be. The publishing market can be a tough world to enter with anything less thanRead More
Music has captivated over the airwaves for almost a century, with every decade defined by its trends. Like me, you may feel that some incidents or time periods in your life have a soundtrack. Music describes a feeling and an era like little else can. (Bing Crosby is the ‘40s,Read More