My friend Sandra Miller spent years writing and revising her forthcoming memoir, Trove. Below she explains what prompted her to write this story, and how the memoir developed. - Lynette Sandra (above) writes: The idea of finding treasure has been with me since I was little and would search … [Read more...] about Writing “Trove,” a Memoir
I’ve been trying to figure out where the notion of the writer’s life as glamorous got its start. I know as a kid, I thought being a writer was something special, probably because then as now, I read a great deal. What I read astonished me. I was impressed and enraptured by writers' ability to … [Read more...] about Non-Writing Writers
Use These Resources to Submit Your Writing To Contests
Writing contest opportunities are listed below, followed by some ways to protect yourself against contest scams. Please note: I have no affiliation with any of these web sites or contests. Poets & Writers The Poets and Writers link, Writing Contests, Grants & Awards, is recognized … [Read more...] about Use These Resources to Submit Your Writing To Contests
Writing Contests: Are they Worth the Hassle—and the Cost?
Considering the Value of Writing Contests I’ve been absent from this blog while polishing up my essays and memoir opening to submit to contests. Entering these contests has provoked several questions with answers, some good, others not so much. In a blog post several years ago, I asked my site … [Read more...] about Writing Contests: Are they Worth the Hassle—and the Cost?
Memoirist Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D. Wears Many Hats: Part 2
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
Memoir, Life Story Writing, Family History Survey Results
I hope you all received your free Tip Sheet—the gift for filling out my survey of those who write memoir, stories from their lives, or family history. And I hope you found the advice contained in the tips useful enough to put into practice. Here’s Who Took The Survey The overwhelming number of … [Read more...] about Memoir, Life Story Writing, Family History Survey Results
Talking Memoir with Writing Instructor, Coach, and Publisher Brooke Warner, Part 1
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
Is Your Writing Being Rejected?
Been enduring an unnerving spate of rejections to your writing submissions? You're not alone. Slide over to the Brevity Magazine blog to read about my own recent experiences submitting my work. The essay is called Sixth Sense Submissions, or Publishing Blind. Leave a comment if you can relate. Oh, … [Read more...] about Is Your Writing Being Rejected?
Who Let the Joy Out? Humph, Humph.
You've heard that expression (which always sounded to me like nothing more than an utterly fatuous promise) that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear? I’d returned from the Muse and the Marketplace writers conference held earlier this month, in Boston, feeling first overwhelmed by the … [Read more...] about Who Let the Joy Out? Humph, Humph.