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#BookReview – P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy by D.G. Kaye #Memoir #Narcissism

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On the eve of my father’s funeral, I find myself writing my review of this memoir with a real sense of gratitude that I was lucky enough to have loving parents, and little dysfunctionality in my family. My father was raised in a rather Victorian household, (he was born in 1915), where children were seen but not heard, which made him always a quiet man, but no less loving for it, though he rarely expressed emotion.

Tomorrow I shall say goodbye to him in the knowledge that he lived a long and satisfied life, leaving no regrets at the end on any of our parts, unlike my poor friend Debby Gies (author D.G. Kaye), who suffered a traumatic childhood.

Thanks, Debby. Whilst I sorrow for your travails, you’ve gifted me with a great contrast to recognise at this sad time how fortunate I have been.

P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken LegacyP.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy by D.G…

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Why Memoirs are Special

Pearls Before Swine

equipeng95“…it is difficult for those who publish their own memoirs to escape the imputation of vanity. Nor is this the only disadvantage under which they labor: it is also their misfortune, that whatever is uncommon is rarely, if ever, believed, and from what is obvious we are apt to turn away in disgust, and to charge the writer of it with impertinence.” – Gustavus Vass (Olaudah Equiano)

So, why do I want to tell my story? Why has the itch to spill the beans of my background always been with me? Some may call it a dream, but I call it a challenge. Of all the books I’ve written, writing my life story is one of my greatest challenges and I hope to conquer it real soon. I feel like I have not completely exhausted my writing endeavors until I have written a story of my life. I’ve danced with…

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Walking Over Eggshells by Lucinda E. Clarke

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Walking Over Eggshells is a well-written poignant memoir about a woman’s struggle to hold onto her self-esteem while her narcissistic mother endlessly tries to tear it apart. Lucinda tells her story from her abusive and difficult childhood to her life with a betraying husband who leaves her poverty-stricken in a foreign country with two children.

Lucinda writes with brutal honesty about her home life and what it was like to suffer emotional and verbal abuse on a daily basis. Even after Lucinda married Jeremy, a charismatic, but cheating and irresponsible husband, her mother’s scoldings and put-downs never ceased. Lucinda had a painful life and even though her story is compelling and downright amazing, it is not an emotionally easy book to read.

However, despite her mother’s abuse and her husband’s betrayal Lucinda was able to reclaim her self-worth and become quite accomplished. Kudos to Lucinda. She sends a clear message…

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The Right Tool for the Job: Logline

This is a very helpful post if you’re trying to develop your elevator pitch, that is, relate to someone what your book is about in less than 6o seconds.

Kobo Writing Life

by Chris Mandeville

I’d like to share a tool that will help you talk about your book: the logline.Tools for Writers

A logline is a one-line synopsis that typically answers the question:

“What is your story about?”

The obvious use for the logline is the “elevator pitch” where you have one minute to “sell” the agent- or editor-of-your-dreams on your book idea. It can also be useful as an introduction to the pitch paragraph of your query letter. And it’s an invaluable tool to have on your belt when mingling at book signings and writer’s conferences.

But that’s not all. The logline can assist you in casual conversation at a wide variety of non-writing functions, from doctor appointments to family reunions. After all, when Great Aunt Nelda, or your barber, or the guy sitting next to you on a plane says, “You’re writing a book? What’s it about?” they often don’t really…

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Writing Memoirs

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9 Tips for Dealing with the Emotions When Writing a Memoir

Writing a memoir is much like going through your trunk of family treasures and keepsakes. At times the memories may be fuzzy, just like the ink on the pages of that 70-year-old journal your great-grandmother kept. Sometimes the memories may be painful, much like the ring your father gave you before he passed away. And sometimes the memories may be glorious, like the wedding dress you have stored safely, in hopes that your daughter may one day wear the family heirloom.

Due to the emotions that emerge in memoir writing, it is often necessary that the writer understand how to navigate and conquer the writing process, in spite of the added element of being taken for a ride on an emotional roller coaster each time one sits down to write. There are strategies writers can use to help ease…

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