So you want to write a memoir? This editor has some tips

What Inspires Your Writing?

You already have a great pile of notes, notebooks full of journaling, or other writing about the period in your life you’ve chosen to write about. How do you bring it to life?

Jennifer Silva Redmond, freelance editor and writing instructor whose short-form memoir has been published nationally, says that when writing memoir, your story needs a focus.

Fiction writers often compose “elevator pitches,” or quick, 30-second summaries of their novels. Memoir should be no different, Jennifer says, because you want your story to carry a message, and creating a “pitch” helps you get that message across while developing a tightly woven narrative.

Jennifer shares a trick that has worked quite well for her short-form memoir: she simply titles her essay before writing it. By doing this, she can more easily stay on message throughout just by keeping the title in mind as she writes. In much the same…

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Don’t Google to Find a Publisher: So Says Victoria Strauss!

Just Can't Help Writing

So many books!

Here’s another of Victoria Strauss’s valuable words-to-the-wise about the business of becoming a published author: what can go wrong if you type “Find a Publisher” into Google. As always, Strauss provides an excellent Writer Beware list. Her spotlight on the scams writers face is one of the most valuable resources writers can consult.

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This Simple Trick Will Make Reaching Your Writing Goals So Much Easier

Novelty Revisions

When I was younger, I used to worry about what my writing life might look like two, five, 10 years from now.

I remember spending an entire lecture during my first semester of college writing out my entire five-year plan. I “knew” exactly by what point I was going to graduate, when I was going to publish a book, when I was finally going to “be a real writer.” A “professional.”

I remember bits and pieces of that plan. And I can almost guarantee you that not a single one of the points on that plan played out the way I thought they would.

I did not graduate in three years; it took me five.

I did not publish a book at the age of 22; I still, technically, haven’t. (Unless you count self-publishing, which I did not at the time.)

I didn’t go on to get a master’s degree…

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Summer Writing Challenge

How many of you have a story to tell? But don’t know where, or even how, to begin? Then, this challenge is for you!

About the 5-Day Memoir Challenge

Get ready. Set. Go! There is a process to writing. And this challenge is about positioning you (in 5 days) to write your memoir, so that you hit the ground running!

How is this challenge different?

What makes this challenge different is the bonus:  When you register for the challenge, you will receive an interactive notebook (eBook) to streamline your writing process, designed to give you a head start to the finish line!

What is a memoir?

Memoir is, first and foremost, a true story. Although it is autobiographical, it is not a biography or an autobiography. Memoir is about sharing a life-changing event. However, it’s more about what you experienced during your life-changing event, than it is about the actual event itself. Memoir validates our experiences and gives us a chance to share our experiences, and therefore, our life lessons.

Join Me

Join me, beginning Monday, June 25th, on Facebook LIVE, for 5 days straight! I know you’re busy. So, I promise to take no more than 20 minutes of your time (unless, of course, you want to stay longer) . I’ll explain the 2 or 3 questions for the day, and answer any questions you may have. And the best part of all, it’s FREE!

Register now!

To register for the 5-Day Memoir Challenge, see the Registration page at http://www.reflectionbooks.org.

Review: One More Time

Lara's Book Club

carolburnettRecap: Carol Burnett is one of the truly great comedic icons and badass females of her generation and of our time. I was first introduced to her as Miss Hannigan from the original movie version of “Annie,” one of my favorite movies to watch growing up. She was perfect as Miss Hannigan — a villain who was more pathetic than evil, who was hilarious in her awkward gawkiness and who I was glad to see have a happy ending because you knew she wasn’t really a bad person at heart, just a desperate one. Having finally gotten around to reading her memoir from the 1980’s, I’ve come to learn that Carol Burnett was really not that different from the character she played in “Annie.”

She grew up under pretty horrible circumstances, though she didn’t realize as much until she was older. Her parents divorced at a young age and…

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7 common errors your PC will not catch

The Proof Angel

People say that technology is making people redundant all over the place.

Well, automated things can do a lot, but at the moment you still get howlers like these:

  • nursing the accurately ill. We meant acutely.
  • the quorum for any meeting is three, of which two should be present. I have to say, you have to be careful of your audience when you are telling that joke. Not everyone knows what quorum means. One lady told me that she knew quorum means 4, but sometimes it seems other people don’t know that.  Hmm.

Anyway, for anyone who is convinced that auto correct will pick up all your little wobbles, here are seven common errors that aren’t going to be picked up.

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7 Stress-Free Ways to Handle Notes From Your Book Editor

Author Don Massenzio

7 Stress-Free Ways to Handle Notes From Your Book Editor

The day you’ve either longed for or dreaded has finally arrived.

You check your email and see a message from your editor with the subject: Edits Complete.

Your heart skips at least a beat as you scramble to save your edited manuscript to your computer. Then you open that just-received document, hoping to see the few things you missed so you can finally get to the next step of your publishing journey.

Except your expected quota of errors for your entire manuscript is already exceeded within the first five pages.

The longer you keep scrolling through your marked-up manuscript, the farther your jaw drops. Before even reaching the end, you close the document, slap your hand on your desk, curse your dog and swear that “this writing thing” is a frivolous waste of time.

Ten minutes later, you’re back at your desk, looking through your edits.

An optimistic thought passes…

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7 Ways to Boost Your Book Sales

A Writer's Path

by Annmarie McQueen

In my last post, I looked at how to prepare yourself for self-publishing. This time I’ll be focusing on what to do once your book is already out there, and how to increase your sales revenue. Here are my top tips for marketing your novel on Amazon:

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Serious Writers

Joseph N Olsen

Serious writers
Write
No matter what
A shopping list
Becomes an epic memoir
Of a lovers diet
A nutritious kiss
After a home cooked meal
Turns into a sonnet
Serious poets progress
No matter what
A skewed haiku
Becomes a translation
Of the moment
Nature springs forward
Echoing the word count
Of heaven’s might
Serious writers
Write

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