No, not my home office furniture. That would keep me from writing, but my dear friend Ava just gave me her husband’s ergonomic office chair. It was a conversation with Ava that made me aware that, although I’m not a “neat freak” by any stretch of … [Continue reading] about What Keeps Me From Writing? My Furniture
I remember myself proudly, even smugly, slipping my draft into a 9” x 13” manila envelope addressed to an editor for her feedback. I expected a few corrected semi-colons. Instead, the editor wrote that my story didn’t go anywhere, and that a word I … [Continue reading] about Calm Down! It’s Just a Draft
If a publisher’s ever rejected your writing, you’re probably familiar with the doubt and self-questioning such a rejection can create. Since publishers seldom give their reasons for rejecting our work, we writers have made an (unpaid) industry out … [Continue reading] about Why Was My Writing Rejected?
My sister once asked me, “What writing subject do you claim as your own?” Without hesitating, I answered, “Work.” Although I enjoy writing on a number of subjects, I probably get the most pleasure and satisfaction from writing about work. I’m … [Continue reading] about Claim Your Subject
The votes are in. Two writers answered my call about whether or not a book I'm writing about money in my family is a memoir. My dilemma was: Does it qualify as a memoir, since I'm not really the main character in the story? Both these writers said … [Continue reading] about It’s a Memoir . . . Apparently
A student in one of my creative writing classes for boomers and seniors asked, "Do you have to be the main character in your memoir?" "Yes," I responded. Then I paused and said, "Let me think about this." I was facing a dilemma that had been … [Continue reading] about Is it Memoir or Family History?
Is the mere fact of having reported to eleven bosses in eleven years at a single institution adequate grounds for leaving a very good job? For a long time, my husband didn't think so. But, then, he didn't have to weather all those transitions—nor … [Continue reading] about Giving Up a Good Job (to Write)
Here's an article I wrote about senior citizens writing—successfully. I hope you'll enjoy it, especially those of you who thought it was too late! "Seniors Catch the Writing Bug" … [Continue reading] about It’s Never Too Late to Start Writing
If you've begun writing a memoir, you might have noticed that the process is revealing aspects of yourself and your past that you failed to recognize before. It's a little like assembling a jigsaw puzzle that you're still seeking all the pieces to … [Continue reading] about Memoir Writing Teaches Us About Ourselves