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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5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

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 much

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When It’s Time to Publish

When It's Time to Publish

I compare publishing a book to having a baby. The nine-month pregnancy—writing the book—is the first part. The life that follows the birth is the rest of the story. In ways, you’re done—you’ve finished writing the book. In other ways, you’ve only just begun.

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Show Up for Yourself

Show Up for Yourself

Calendars are key to getting your writing time.  Write your writing time into your weekly calendar like the important appointment it is.  Set the length of time for it and stick to it.

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