"Ellen, how have you "married" your personal story with those you are reporting about? And how have you created a narrative arc within your journalism?
Tricky stuff! I'm curious how others reading this thread have…"
"<<Can you tell us how being a journalist helps and hurts as you work on your memoir? That's my background, too. >>
Ellen, I'm interested in your experience with this. You are very clear about how memoir…"
"Brilliant blog! I approach my memoir from the perspective of a journalist. (I'm writing about my experiences in the Middle East with Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.) Powerful scenes and people, but I know my weakness is in my…"
"Wow, what great ideas in these comments! I confess, I'm a disorganized paper scrapper who spent this last week combing through piles of cocktail-napkined notes looking for some interview notes. (Turns out, I'd transcribed the…"
"Yep, that's me, too! Master Procrastinator. Tricks I've tried that (sometimes) work:
1. Sign up to read at my writers group. Even though it's 2 weeks away, I usually don't start that new chapter until the…"
"Steve Martin said you can get a clean read only once from someone, so giving your ms with no notes to bias the reading is smart! However, can you go back to your readers and ask them to comment on the issues you thought your ms might…"
"What a creative and refreshing blog! Your enthusiasm for your books just oozes from this post, Kathleen. What I got most from what you shared is that you don't do everything possible -- you do what is possible (and probably fun!)…"
"Jenny, great post! If I hear one more writing group member tell me they "want more of me" in my nearly complete memoir about my work in the Middle East with Iraqi refugees I'm going to throw up! I, too, wanted my book to…"
"Great post! Here are tips I'd add from my experience at the San Miguel Writers Conference:
1. Block out a week (or 2!) after conference to implement what I learned. Treat those weeks as if I'm still out of town and refuse…"
"Interesting list of authors' "day jobs"! What's the citation, Amy?
Mosey on over to my web site and sign in for your free gift -- an mp3 of me reading my book's…"
"Really informative, Brooke! In a future blog, could you please elaborate on the partnership publishing and on what factors authors should consider when choosing a partner? There seems to be a pretty broad spectrum.
I attended the SMA…"
"I did pick a word for this year! It's COMPLETION....and not just of my book (a journalistic memoir about my recovery from a mid-life loss by working in the Middle East with Iraqi refugees), but of this cycle in my life. I've…"