Memoir writing relies on memory. As you know, everyone remembers events differently. Since this is your memoir, you go with what you remember. It doesn’t hurt to check in with others, but in the end, it’s your story.
Your experiences are neatly stored like memory in a computer. But accessing these events can be tricky. […]
I’ve been writing about different aspects of the writing process for awhile, but what to do with your finished work? Do you search for a publisher? Self publish? Store your work in a drawer?
There have been so many changes in the world of publishing, that it’s difficult to keep up. My feeling is that […]
Writing is a solitary endeavor. We spend hours spilling crafted words onto the page. At the end of a writing session, rereading our work, we might think, This is genius or What’s this drivel?
I had the good fortune to attend a presentation at our local library, facilitated by Anne DeGrace, a […]
Writing in any genre is never just cerebral. We draw deeply from experience and emotion. But, I have to say that writing a memoir really scrapes to the bone. This isn’t a bad thing. If anything, the process is intriguing.
Like time travel, you meet yourself at different stages, getting into your […]
“Okay, I get it. Let’s move on.” Yes, I talk to myself. Sometimes this occurs at the grocery store, but most often when I’m reading a passage of description that spans pages.
Pacing is key to a good story. If the story is too fast, the reader can become lost. “Wait a minute. What just […]
For me, September brings a different energy. The laid back holiday mode or sometimes heat addled sluggishness of summer, gives way to a sense of newness.
Perhaps it’s the memory of going back to school, which contains a hopeful element and the chance to start out fresh. Or, it could just be a subtle change […]
The internet gobbles up vast tracks of time, but you can put that time to good use by checking out writing sites. Many of these sites offer a plethora of information. I started writing in the mid-nineties, spurred into taking up the pen from an insistent story in my head. The library offered stacks of […]
This Friday kicks off WORD ON THE LAKE, A Festival for Readers and Writers. It’s a weekend of writing workshops, readings and presentations, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. In its tenth year, the festival has been well received.
Word on the Lake celebrates the scope of the written and spoken word, and the spoken word […]
Spring in Salmon Arm, BC means the goldfish, turtles and ducklings are back. It also means that the Word on the Lake writers festival is gearing up. This year is the festival’s tenth anniversary and promises to be an amazing weekend.
With thirteen presenters, there will be something of interest for everyone. New this year […]
Writing is a solitary venture. We hole up for hours, head down, fingers tapping at the keys. Sometimes, it is eye opening and uplifting to meet with other writers to read and listen.
This last weekend, I attended the Mad Hatter’s Potluck for Writers. This was a dinner party to welcome spring and its accompanying […]
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