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The early part of your memoir should reveal the short list of narrator flaws and problems you’ll resolve by the ...
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Your book’s ending must reveal the story’s resolution. Once you know what you’re resolving, you can establish a clear path ...
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Wanting to leave your writing group doesn’t make you a jerk. Departing with grace is an act of kindness that ...
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Why Your Amazing Writing Group Might Be Failing You
The real reason writing groups sometimes fail us has nothing to do with the lovely people in them. The failure ...
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Writing sustainably about trauma requires practicing moderation, focusing on meaning, and working in ways that limit your exposure ...
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Writing about trauma isn’t like ripping off a Band-Aid. Here are some strategies for assessing whether you’re ready and proceeding ...
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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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