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Why Write Memoir Right Now

Writing memoir won’t fix what’s wrong. But writing what you know will give you the kind of insight that begets a better sense of control in uncertain times.

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You Win This Round Comma

Why sweat the commas? To save your reader from working to decode syntax-level meaning, enabling full focus on your protagonist, your plot, and your prose.

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The 3 Ms of Character Setup

For first impressions to occur as quickly on the page as in person, try this basic foundation to help readers achieve familiarity with your characters.

A Good Memoir Is an Act of Service

The human condition in its alienation, pain, and joy yearns for a faithful scribe. Memoir offers readers that ultimate safe harbor: the knowledge that they are not alone.

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How to Write a Killer Villain

Just like your hero, your villain should be fully three-dimensional: fallible, flawed, and complete with a backstory that explains being so downright nasty.