Some writers can craft the perfect first line on the very first try—and if that’s happened to you, you can bet the writing muses were in a darn good mood that day. Most writers struggle, returning to the first line of a novel, memoir, story, poem, or personal essay...
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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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