You hear about the amazing memoir that everyone’s reading, that book that’s been at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for months. But you don’t want to read it. You find that best-selling memoirs can throw you off track with your own writing.
Sound like you?
As a memoir coach…Read More
For many years I celebrated Thanksgiving at a friend’s rustic cabin in Jenner, on California’s stunning North Coast. There is no electricity in this two-story cabin my friend built, and no cell service, but the big room where four friends gather to sauté mushrooms for a gravy on the propaneRead More
Sometimes you need to have an experience in the present to collect ambient details for a scene you’re writing from the past.
Writers notice. It’s part of our creative work. We practice being aware of what’s going on around us so we can add some of that ambient detail to our writing to bring the world of the story to life.Read More
I grew up tuned in to the radio. In the late sixties my station was 93 KHJ, “Boss Radio.” I knew the words to every song. In the early seventies I was still singing along, even to songs like Don McClean’s “American Pie,” with verses that went on even whenRead More
Reflection deepens a story. Reflection personalizes. And better yet, when a story is personalized by using reflection—when you include how you were affected—a story has a better chance of drawing a reader in. With memoir you want not only to write about what has happened in your life, you alsoRead More
All the best writers do it. They develop a piece as they write subsequent drafts, improving the writing every time. Philip Roth says, “The book really comes to life in the rewriting.” Joyce Carol Oates says most of her time writing is really rewriting. John Irving says, “Maybe as muchRead More