Category Archives: Memoir

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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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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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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Creating Tension in Fiction and Memoir

A Writer's Path

by Michael Mohr

One of the toughest things to do in fiction or creative nonfiction writing, in my professional opinion, is to create strong, believable tension. Without tension—between the protagonist and a villain, the protagonist and him/herself, the protagonist and the environment, etc—you really don’t have much of a story. And it’s unlikely readers will want to follow you far through the jungle of your narrative.

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The Idea of a Memoir (Part One)

A writer & her sentimental muse

Photo Credit: Princeton Public Library

The idea or writing a memoir keeps coming to mind time and time again.  Why should I write one?  Who would want to hear my story anyway? And, what the heck the difference between a memoir and autobiography?

I found this that proved quite helpful:

Photo Credit: Susan Calder

And to break it down to the actual characteristics of a memoir:

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My next challenge is whatto write about.   So much has happened over the course of my life, I don’t even know where to begin.  I went to my Twitter and started to browse through my tweets for the last year or so and I discovered two tweets where I managed to condense my life down to six words:

Unraveled by losses; rebuilt by love.

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Life. Just tears in the rain.

The word…

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Why i wrote a memoir

Nancy Chadwick, Memoir Writer

1st Day

One August afternoon in 1967, Mom dressed me in a navy dress, patterned in tiny white polka dots, with an appliqué of paintbrushes and an artist’s palette in primary colors at the hem, and a white Peter Pan collar around my neck. White anklet socked feet, fitting snuggly into blood-red Mary Janes, anchored my chubby legs. While standing at attention in front of my house’s picture window with my feet together and my hands folded in front, I posed with my heels brushing against the yellow marigolds in full bloom under a toasty blanket of Indian summer sun. My birch tree buddy stood tall and arabesque in front of me, extending its tree branches in effort to shield me from the sun. I was present in those moments as I stood before my house and my tree waiting for my picture to be taken. Life was good.

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Perseverance: My Word for 2018 by Lynette Davis

Patricia Ann Bridewell

My word for 2018 is perseverance—the ability to go on when things seem hopeless or when you don’t know how everything is going to turn out. As a writer and published author, I’ve learned that there are no guarantees in the business of writing, publishing and especially marketing. The odds are simply better in some situations than others. As writers and authors, it’s up to us to find out where the odds work best for us. And for that, we need perseverance. It takes perseverance to continue to forge ahead, day after day, week after week and month after month, toward our goals and ultimately—our dreams.

As you probably know, dreams are not obtained overnight, especially in the publishing world. Our dreams begin when we set literary goals and then put all our efforts into those goals—for a desired result. As writers, it’s nearly impossible to achieve any type…

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The Memoir Craze: Thinking of Jumping In?

Memoirs are the current rage. If you have noticed, maybe you are wondering if you should jump in and write one yourself. You aren’t alone. At this writing, over 150,000 titles on Amazon are memoir. Mind boggling. Maybe it’s because more people are now interested in reading memoir, prompting writers to cash in. Or maybe…

via The Memoir Craze: Thinking of Jumping in? — Women Writers, Women’s Books