In Part 2 of this post by Linda Joy Myers, prominent author, memoir writing instructor, and founder and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, she continues to describe her wide ranging work in the field of memoir, both for herself and other memoir writers. - Lynette The … [Read more...] about Memoirist Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D. Wears Many Hats: Part 2
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A version of this essay originally appeared as my guest post on DeliberateInk, the blog of writer Shikarah Dawud. Remembering the past so that we can record it might not be the greatest challenge we memoirists face. In a memoir, precision isn’t everything. If we’re unsure of a date, we can dip … [Read more...] about A Memoir is More Than Just Facts
Add Intensity to Your Life Writing I urge my creative writing students not to bother putting on paper all the joys and none of the pain of their lives. That approach is boring, un-instructive, and anyway, I won’t believe it. Nobody’s existence is unblemished. I’m not suggesting you write … [Read more...] about How to Write What Matters
It’s true that my own essay, “No More Secrets and Silence,” appears in the recently released The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey anthology, and that this essay won first prize in the Magic of Memoir contest. But if you write memoir or family history, I’d be urging you to get … [Read more...] about Another Must-Have Memoir Writing Aid
Know you should start or finish your memoir, stories from your life, or family history, but can't seem to get up enough steam for the task? Ease over to Bookcoaching.com to see the tips I offer in my guest post. They can get you going. - Lynette … [Read more...] about Write That Memoir, Life Story, or Family History. Now.
As a memoir writer, as well as a memoir coach myself, I’ve followed Brooke Warner’s work on behalf of memoir and memoir writers for years. It’s a pleasure to welcome her here so you can learn more about her varied work, including publishing. - Lynette You’re a writing instructor, coach, and … [Read more...] about Talking Memoir with Writing Instructor, Coach, and Publisher Brooke Warner, Part 1
Sure, I'm grinning all over myself. My essay, "No More Secrets and Silence," was awarded 1st place in the Magic of Memoir Essay Contest, chosen from 185 submissions. My prize is $400, which has already arrived. And the essay will also be included in the forthcoming Magic of Memoir Anthology. … [Read more...] about I’m 1st Place Winner of the Magic of Memoir Essay Contest!
Are you having trouble figuring out how to approach writing your memoir, or if you've started it, are you baffled about how to make it "take off?" One way to think about possible treatments for your memoir is to take another look at those you’ve enjoyed. (You have been reading memoirs, right? You … [Read more...] about How Do You Like Your Memoirs?
In life, when we talk to one another, we generally don’t declare our lines while standing at attention, our arms pinioned at our sides like exclamation points. We move around and we position ourselves in various postures, such as slumping, hanging our heads, or if we’re angry, stomping around. When … [Read more...] about Include Gestures to Enliven Your Writing