Misplaced Your Writing Groove? A Lesson in Getting Your Groove Back

Have you ever taken a substantial block of time away from your writing? Maybe a lengthy break away from your blog? Or has a family crisis interrupted the latest draft of your manuscript, and getting back to it seems impossible?

The last 20+ months for me have been what seems like a never-ending break from not only my writing but also blogging and social media, not to mention life in general. How do I recapture my momentum in those areas? How will I manage to return to what I was as a writer pre-January 24, 2016. 

Have You Ever Considered Giving Up Your Writing?

Maybe you've come across some of the posts asking the question: Have you considered giving up your writing?

In recent days and weeks, I've come across several posts, both blog and on Facebook and Twitter, asking similar questions. My blog plans have included this topic for some time, but the increased interest moved this post up on my editorial calendar.

Five Ingredients Memoir Writers Must Have

Ingredients, you say? Writing a good, perhaps great memoir requires a map or recipe. Any good recipe has a combination of ingredients which in the end equal what the cook hopes to present to her dinner guests, or in terms of memoirists, what we want to present to the reading public. While I've been resting and healing these past … Continue reading Five Ingredients Memoir Writers Must Have

Repeat Performance: What to Do When the Book You’re Writing Throws You a Curve Ball

As I was working out a topic for this week’s post, I came across this one from May 6, 2014. Reading it, I am reminded that once more my memoir has thrown me a curve ball. I need to sort out what to do with this draft still waiting in the corner.The two curve balls came … Continue reading Repeat Performance: What to Do When the Book You’re Writing Throws You a Curve Ball

What Is Creative Nonfiction Anyway?

As my writing and blogging gained momentum, I would see the phrase "creative nonfiction" used to classify an essay which, to me, was clearly memoir, or a book similarly characterized. For the life of me, I could not understand the need for separation of the two.Until . . .I began to dig for an explanation … Continue reading What Is Creative Nonfiction Anyway?