• Memoir,  Writing,  writing resources

    Memoir Writers’ Resources Series | The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story by Linda Joy Myers

    This is the third in this series, which has an infinite number of parts. Therefore, there is no “Part 1 of a #;” it will simply continue until the well dries up. The first two posts can be found here and here. * * * Linda Joy Myers’ book, The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, is among the first books I turned to when I recognized the desire and yes, even the need, to write my story. When I sat down to read through it, Myers’ writing style mesmerized me. Myers shares not only writing tips and guidelines, but as a psychotherapist she has helped others through…

  • Writing

    Triggers for Releasing Memories

    “Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time more than anything else. It’s amazing how much can be conjured with a few notes of a song or a solitary whiff of a room. A song you didn’t even pay attention to at the time, a place that you didn’t even know had a particular smell.” Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed Lately, as I attempt to finish my memoir, I find myself looking for motivational triggers to release memories perhaps faded or almost forgotten. So many stimuli in our environment can release memories — photographs, letters, music, smells, words and phrases, hearing from old friends: The following excerpt…

  • Guest Post,  Writing

    Divorce and Teenagers | A Guest Post on Mary Gottschalk’s Blog

    Today I’m visiting with Mary Gottschalk on her blog with an essay I wrote on the topic of adolescents and divorce and how that combination impacts a family. My essay dovetails with a novel-in-progress Mary is working on where just such a situation is making life difficult for a mother and her 13-year old daughter. I do hope you will come and visit Mary’s blog and join in the discussion. * * * Divorce and teens don’t mix well. Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D., a psychologist in Austin, TX, wrote in an article published in Psychology Today in 2009: Because the adolescent is at a more disaffected and rebellious stage with parents, divorce…

  • Guest Post,  Memoir,  Writing,  Writing Tips

    Guest Post at Clara Freeman’s Blog on Insights Gained While Writing Memoir

    I am privileged today to be sharing some insights I’ve gained while writing my memoir on Clara Freeman’s blog, Clara54’s Weblog. I hope you’ll take the time to visit me there. * * * For most of my life, I wanted to write. Words on paper fascinated me even as a child. Writing exercises in first grade were fun! My dad was a printer and publisher. I could smell the paper and ink on his skin each evening as he came home. He began teaching me some of the tools of the trade when my age reached double digits. Proofreading and editing became my holiday money-making gambit. In high school…