Writing the memoir

Did you know that there is a difference between writing "memoirs' and writing "a memoir?" Well, I didn't. This week I have been reading Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington (1997). Her book is unexpectedly delightful and inspiring. Memoirs are in the same category as autobiographies--a basic written account of facts--whereas, in the memoir, the writer… Continue reading Writing the memoir

“From the moment you start putting words on the page…”

I'm still on the subject of marketing yourself. Noelle Sterne shares some insights in her blog, Seven Lessons Reluctantly Learned from Publishing My First Book « FundsforWriters. The article comes after her success, but I think the first three points are important to consider even before you publish. Like the saying about hindsight being perfect, we… Continue reading “From the moment you start putting words on the page…”

To unravel or not to unravel

My mother, who suffered a stroke a year ago, has recently taught herself to knit. I keep in touch with her by phone because we live a thousand miles apart. I admire her spirit. She is determined not to let her physical limitations get her down. I have learned so much from my mother. One… Continue reading To unravel or not to unravel

On time management and self-discipline

Has it come to this? Why of course! And we always knew it would, one day. Joking aside, I was reading Sally Stuart's Guide to Publishing a few days ago and became motivated to make some changes. It happened because I recognized who I am as a writer and what I want to accomplish. In… Continue reading On time management and self-discipline