• Memoir,  Memories,  Writing,  Writing Tips

    6 What If’s of Memoir Writing

    As I have traveled the memoir writing path, I have faced a number of “what if” questions. Perhaps you are beginning to write your story or are midway through. It’s possible these same questions have haunted you. Let me share with you how I have resolved some of these stumbling blocks. WHAT IF I don’t know what to write? Not everyone knows what they are going to write when they begin a book. That’s why we write the first draft without pausing to edit or correct as we go. This “stream of consciousness” writing will allow the memories or family stories to come back to you. If you have a…

  • Memoir,  Timeline Stories,  Writing

    Timeline Story: 3. Love of Words and Writing Grows

    This is the third post in a series sharing my Timeline Story, a look at the events, experiences and occupations that have contributed to shaping my business and writing life to the present. The first post is found at this link and the second here. The days of grade school flew by in a flash. Before I knew what had happened I found myself in 7th grade at Donelson High School in the Nashville suburb of Donelson. Today’s distinction within the school grades seems more attuned to the student. Donelson High took us in at 7th grade and kept us until we graduated. Imagine being a 7th grader changing classes in a large high…

  • Memoir,  Thumbnail Reviews

    Thumbnail Reviews of 6 Memoirs

    A few months ago I reconsidered the direction for my blog. With my current focus on completing my memoir and all that the word “completing” entails, I chose to center the core of my blog around writing, memoir, and creative nonfiction. With that decision came another change, the choice to move my reviews of others’ memoirs to my book review blog, Puddletown Reviews. So that no one misses out on a review they might want to see, I will be running what I call thumbnail reviews here. I will continue to list the memoir reviews under this blog’s tab, Book Reviews, with the link taking you to the full review…

  • Editing Tips,  Writing,  Writing Tips

    Self-Editing Made Easy plus Infographic

    Lately I feel like a hamster must feel on his little wheel going round and round. Edit, revise, repeat. And again. And again. And again. What if you’re only on your first round of this dizzying cycle? Think how it will be when you get farther along! Let me share with you five simple steps I’ve found helpful and hope will help you get started on the right track. These are not all-inclusive for self-editing, but they at least give you something to think about as you begin. Many resources are available in book form, on the web, or through your library. To download the infographic, please click on this…