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Will you tell your story in a linear, chronological manner, or use a more complicated structure? Here’s how to decide ...
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Your memoir’s structure can reveal itself later, once the primary elements are in place. In the meantime, concentrate on scaffolding ...
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True forgiveness can take years to achieve. That’s why memoirs take longer to write than novels. But it’s worth the ...
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In writing memoir, internal voices—with competing interests—can emerge to inform the narrative. A rounded story is careful to balance them ...
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Misguided feedback, which can damage your manuscript, often arises from a common mistake: asking the right question of the wrong ...
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Finding the right editor or critique partner is important, but so is being mentally prepared for the feedback you’ll receive ...
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Like story arcs, individual scenes also have shapes. Understanding yours can help you improve the ones that are falling flat ...
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In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the top rung is where creativity happens—after our sustenance and security are met. Many of ...
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schmoozing for introverts
Learn a few simple tricks to schmooze like a pro at your next writing conference—or at least operate like a ...
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