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Recent headlines for book reviews in the Chicago Tribune caught my attention. “Springsteen’s Father Looms Large in Born to Run Autobiography.” A few months later another headline claimed, “Anna Kendrick’s memoir: A simple song, pitch-perfect.” And then a small blurb said Caitlyn Jenner has an upcoming memoir due out in April. I noticed how these books claimed autobiography and memoir labels, but I questioned if they really were what they purported to be.
As I consider reviews, blurbs and other forms of a book’s marketing and promotional tools, I want to know if I can expect to read about the entirety of someone’s life or just specific aspects of it. I want to know if the book I buy is truly an autobiography or a memoir.Continue
I am a NaNo rebel. That means that while I aim for 50,000 words in 30 days, I liberally interpret where those words go: novel, memoir, essay, or short story.
The NaNo guideline that I do adhere to closely is no revising, only fresh words. I do not care if they are all words from the same novel. I actually did that one-year but with a small twist (hey once a rebel, always a rebel!). I had heard so many folks say that once they got their 50,000 words, they stopped, probably…
In the great sea of online information about how small businesses, nonprofits, and freelancers can use social media to reach more customers, I’ve noticed a troubling thing: most of the information is geared towards people who already know the lingo.
Those who make it their business to write about or teach online marketing need to make sure they’re not excluding professionals who aren’t familiar with the jargon.
Imagine walking into your first beginner ballet class and having the instructor say “Alright class, get into first position,” without actually explaining or demonstrating ‘first position’ to newcomers. You’d likely find yourself looking at the other students to see what they’re doing. What if they’re not setting good examples to follow?
Technology can often be seen as an interruption to the creative process. Shy of the keyboard needed to type your next masterpiece, many think tech devices and apps will just get in the way. That doesn’t have to be the case though. These apps for writers will make your job easier and also keep you on task so that your writing can flourish.
Apps for Distracted Writers
Perhaps the most difficult part of writing is sitting down and actually doing the work. We all know how hard it is to get our butts in that chair to begin with, but when we actually commit to writing and then get distracted by emails, social media,…Continue
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