The Creative Challenge

The Creative Challenge

As a child, learning to whistle thrilled me. I could make music with my mouth! (Getting sent out of the classroom because I had shown kids in class, however, was less thrilling.) But something else I learned, and something I never could have expected to interest me at all, happened

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How to [Actually] Say What You Mean

How to [Actually] Say What You Mean

Conversational language and the written word are quite different. In writing, useless modifiers clutter. They show up unnoticed, ready to take up space and dilute what could be strong and vivid. Here are some easy tips to help you trim clutter from your writing and re-word where needed.

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Be Inspired, Not Intimidated  

Be Inspired, Not Intimidated  

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…

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Creating Our Own Traditions

Creating Our Own Traditions

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 propane

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Save the Objective Witness Role for Reporters

Save the Objective Witness Role for Reporters

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 also

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