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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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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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What Makes a Good Memoir?

What Makes a Good Memoir?

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’s

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