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Heather Marsten commented on the group 'Novelists (Struggling or Not)'
"Deborah, thank you - You are right about the curling up and dying (even though that was one of the feelings I had at the time, it doesn't fit this scene) I'll think about the safe and in control sentence. I appreciate your comments - I…"
Mar 2, 2013
Heather Marsten commented on the group 'Novelists (Struggling or Not)'
"Have a favor to ask. Here is a few paragraphs from my memoir, I'm wondering if I pulled enough emotion into it - it's a scene where I'm watching my sister's kids, having been placed into her custody after being taken from my home…"
Mar 2, 2013
Heather Marsten commented on the group 'Novelists (Struggling or Not)'
"Dear Sophie @Sophie Schiller Thanks for your suggestions.  I will follow up on them."
Feb 4, 2013
Heather Marsten commented on the group 'Novelists (Struggling or Not)'
"I have a question. In my memoir I am at the point where my abuse was brought to the attention of the Juvenile court.  I share what happened and wanted to find out about orders of protection. 1. My case was tried in a room where my sister and…"
Feb 3, 2013
Heather Marsten commented on the blog post 'Tinted Memoir Writing---and Why You Should Do It'
"Thank you, this is true. In editing my memoir, I'm cutting scenes that don't advance the main theme.  Have a blessed day."
Jan 23, 2013
Heather Marsten commented on the blog post 'Memoir Is Not the Trauma Olympics'
"I think that memoir has to speak to many people and the best language is hope - it is important to share your story, but not emotionally bleed all over the page. If a reader is to keep reading they need to know the story is going somewhere.…"
Jan 8, 2013
Heather Marsten commented on the group 'Novelists (Struggling or Not)'
"Congratulations Laura, looking forward to hearing more about your book and the process it goes through to publication."
Dec 18, 2012
Heather Marsten replied to the discussion 'NANOWRIMO Check-in Thread' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Hi Elizabeth, I think that you might want to ask yourself who you are writing for. I am Christian, but only the past ten years, before that I had an adversarial relationship with God. I'm writing my memoirs that detail childhood sexual abuse,…"
Nov 28, 2012
Heather Marsten replied to the discussion 'NANOWRIMO Check-in Thread' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I've posted a bit over 2000 words today. My count is 28833. I try to stop mid sentence, mid thought so the next time I come back I am able to continue.  After I finish NANOWIMO, I plan to continue editing my memoir. Editing had to stop as…"
Nov 14, 2012
Heather Marsten replied to the discussion 'NANOWRIMO Check-in Thread' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Congrats, I'm still working but we seem to be about even on the number of words. I've been trying hard to do about 2000 a day because I have kids coming home from college at Thanksgiving, and I may have to miss a day. This is the furthest…"
Nov 14, 2012
Heather Marsten replied to the discussion 'NANOWRIMO Check-in Thread' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I'm at 16000.  I too write forward, but if I meet my daily goal, I log it in and then if I have a bit of extra time I go back and fill in details on things previously written - but will not delete blocks of stuff - I might change a word.…"
Nov 9, 2012
Heather Marsten replied to the discussion 'NANOWRIMO Check-in Thread' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I think there are days we will fall short and days we will achieve our goals.  I'm trying to do a bit more now because my kids are coming home from college for Thanksgiving - and I figure I'll have to give them time.  If I can…"
Nov 5, 2012
Heather Marsten replied to the discussion 'NANOWRIMO Check-in Thread' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Hi, I'm joining this thread.  So far I have 8,000 words written in my memoir - I'm writing the last third of my book and looking forward to writing the scenes that I'll edit for the winter.  My memoir is called:  Tell…"
Nov 4, 2012
Heather Marsten commented on the blog post 'I Got Out of Writing Shape! My Plan To Kick My Own Butt.'
"I got derailed this summer with three kids home - two from college and one for a week of vacation from his job down south.  No writing got done and I went off diet.  Well, all are back in school, no more excuses.  Thanks for posting…"
Sep 12, 2012
Heather Marsten commented on the blog post '[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Hashtags: How to Use Them Without Abusing Them'
"Thanks for the list of hashtags - still getting used to twitter.  Hoping your day is blessed."
Aug 24, 2012
Heather Marsten replied to the discussion 'Which opening do you like better?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I like the second one - the first one doesn't pull me in to the story. The second one starts the reader asking questions - why is she alone?  Showing the wind's actions is good, and the reader wonders why the bloodied…"
Jul 14, 2012

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Who I am:
happily married mom of three young adults. Currently working on a memoir detailing healing from abuse.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
I have two blogs:
www.xanga.com/wondering04 (Bible study notes)
http://www.heathermarsten.wordpress.com (healing from abuse)
Twitter and Facebook are Heather Marsten
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I wrote a book on Nehemiah that did not get published. I need to re-work it.
Am 3/4 done with rough draft of memoir.
I have a chapter in a book about angels that passed the first cut, will find out in a month if it makes the final cut.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
none
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir
Services I offer to other writers:
I belong to Critique Circle and other authors have said my critiques are helpful. I am always glad to help another
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Woodstock writers group
My professional associations:
none
I found out about She Writes from:
reading a blog post.

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Posted on February 18, 2012 at 1:39pm 0 Comments

I'm excited to begin meeting other writers on She Writes.  I am a beginner, working on a memoir depicting a healing journey from incest and abuse. My journey covers the abuse, therapy, various occult groups, and ultimately Christianity. If there are any areas I can help with or share information about, I'm glad to do it.

For today, I'm going to explore some of your blogs, and then do some editing on my book. I'm still figuring out how to do realistic dialogue.  Since my book…

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At 9:36pm on May 25, 2012, Kate Clisby said…

I saw your post on the Memoir Group page and read your first chapter of your book. I must say as uncomfortable as it was to read, I was definitely pulled into the story. I would have to go back and re-read it to even critique it. I too am working on a memoir of abuse, however, mine is more along the lines of emotional abuse and growing up in a broken home. I am very eager to read more of your work and will be keeping an eye out for more. If you get a chance here is the link to my blog on She Writes:  ~Kate's Memoir Journey~

At 5:21pm on April 16, 2012, Lucille Joyner said…

Heather, I wrote you a letter, but I have no idea where it ended up. I hope it gets to you . . . somewhere.  What I didn't mentiion is that I've written a book called, "Miracles, Yours For The Asking." It's based on my spiritual experiences once I turned my life over to Jesus. I always liked the description of my life before I met the Lord. "Being breadwinner for two small children and a house was like being on a flimsy raft in the middle of the ocean during a storm. You're always one step away from destruction." Of course, once you have God in your life, He calms the sea and transforms your raft into a safe ship.   

At 12:42pm on April 15, 2012, Nichole L. Reber said…

Welcome. As a former member and current group leader, this group has been immeasurably helpful to me. We have monthly online chats in which we share info and ask for advice about submissions. I cannot recommend it enough.

Thought I'd share some resources I've gleaned from SheWrites & Submission Mission:
http://www.newpages.com/
http://www.thereviewreview.net/
http://convozine.com/explore

Best of luck,
Nichole L. Reber
www.architecturetravelwriter.com/

At 12:41pm on April 15, 2012, Nichole L. Reber said…

Welcome. As a former member and current group leader, this group has been immeasurably helpful to me. We have monthly online chats in which we share info and ask for advice about submissions. I cannot recommend it enough.

Thought I'd share some resources I've gleaned from SheWrites & Submission Mission:
http://www.newpages.com/
http://www.thereviewreview.net/
http://convozine.com/explore

Best of luck,
Nichole L. Reber
www.architecturetravelwriter.com/

At 2:14pm on April 9, 2012, Rossandra White said…

Sorry I took to long to respond to your friend request, Heather. Pleased to "meet" you.

At 9:26am on April 4, 2012, Mary Anne Benedetto said…

Hello Heather, Welcome! Thank you for the friend request. Looking forward to connecting with you in the future.

At 7:45am on March 29, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Heather, We're delighted to have you in the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. We save the wall for discussion, so please refrain from linking to blog posts there, but do add them in the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread.

And we do a live chat on Fridays at 3EST; instructions on how to participate are in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light, a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize

At 2:24pm on March 3, 2012, Samantha Anastacia said…

Well, thank you for commenting back! I think doing the close captioning for your pastor is cool! And we have learned here in the group, ALL writing is good writing and always improves you. Ill be looking forward to seeing you around the group as your time permits then!

Samantha

At 4:38pm on February 26, 2012, Kat Ward said…

Thanks for friending me. I'm in the midst of a few major projects, but in a couple of weeks, I'll be breathing easier and look forward to checking our your blog and getting to know you. Thanks.

At 10:03am on February 26, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Heather, Welcome to SheWrites. Hope you enjoy it here!

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Publishing Industry News, and Novelist Group
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and The Language of Light

 
 
 

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