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Category Archives: Craft: Memoir

Ten Must-Read Memoirs

November is National Memoir Month! While many writers are currently participating in NaNoWriMo, some are jogging their memories for personal recollections and old family stories to inspire their memoirs. If you’re thinking about writing “the story of you”—or you’re just looking for a great read—here are some of our favorite memoirs to help you get started:… Continue Reading

7 Ways To Find Writing Inspiration In Your Memories

By Susan Maccarelli of “Beyond Your Blog” I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage: Write what you know. Well, what do you know better than your own life story? But if you don’t have a great memory, you may find yourself staring at a blank page, wondering what your childhood pet goldfish was named. Luckily,… Continue Reading

“Show, Don’t Tell”: How To Get It Right

Ah, “Show, don’t tell”—the words conjure up memories of red ink on high school English papers. But for many writers, knowing how to “show” and not “tell” is just as tricky now as it was in freshman year. So, what does it mean exactly? Academic and technical writers are faced with the task of spelling… Continue Reading

Can You Make Up Dialogue In Memoirs Or Nonfiction Books?

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Writing dialogue in memoirs or nonfiction books makes people nervous. And with good reason! Novelists base their work on fabrications of varying extents; memoirists and writers of narrative nonfiction have to be prepared to stand behind their every word as fact. So, if nonfiction is about fact, then what should a writer do about writing… Continue Reading

Mail Call: Is it Okay To Reuse Phrases From Your Own Work?

Mail Call!

We recently received an interesting question sent by a reader to our general inbox: Dear Writer’s Relief, Is it okay to use the same phrases or lines of mine in different things that I’m writing? Is that legal if the works get published? The Big-Picture Answer: Repeating Lines Is Typical If you spend your whole… Continue Reading



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