A few years ago, we were visiting Key West and I got to see where Hemingway wrote. It's a cozy room, separate from the main house. A place of solitude and creativity. I wish I could say I wrote in an equally inspiring place, but instead, much of my writing is done on planes, trains, and poolside. If I waited to write until I was in more conducive surroundings, I would never write. If you have a New Year’s resolution to write more in 2017, that means writing whenever and wherever you…Continue
Last night I was reading Brooke Warner's piece about "Flipping the Script." One of the suggestions she made was to create mantra for the year.
This morning, while working on my memoir, my mantra was there, looking right at me. It's a passage from about three quarters of the way through my memoir. I am in labour for the first time, having a terrible go of it.
“Stop,” I screamed. “I don’t want this life. Please. I’m sorry. I don’t want to be married. I don’t want to live this…Continue
Added by Dhana Musil on January 3, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments
Much as I have loved my book launch events this fall, some of the most deeply satisfying moments have occurred while I was sitting in front of my computer reading an email, an Amazon review, or a Facebook message from a reader who found the book moving or helpful or powerful or all-of-the-above. There’s nothing quite like knowing that I reached someone out in the world, whom I haven’t met, and touched them with my story. Unlike my bookstore appearances, in this…Continue
Added by Roselee Blooston on December 28, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
I am a NaNo rebel. That…
I am currently writing a memoir and feel I have a solid first draft although I'll need at least another year to fine tune and rewrite. But, what is stymieing me is the book proposal. After researching what goes into a non-fiction book proposal, it feels like a much higher mountain to climb than just writing the damn book. If anyone has any helpful advice, I'd really appreciate it. My new thought is that it would be far more advantageous for me to spend my time writing a book proposal instead…Continue
This stylised memoir, set in the working-class north of England, is the book Jeanette Winterson wasn't ready to write back in 1985 when at 25 years of age, she wrote the novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, a book that plunged the reader into her universe, one that provided the author the…Continue
A few months ago, soon after I’d finished writing my memoir, Raw: A Midlife Quest for Health & Happiness, I had the opportunity to share five minutes of my work at a reading. While…Continue
The Magic of Memoir 2016
When I first saw the announcement about the 2016 Magic of Memoir Conference hosted by Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers, I had an immediate two-fold reaction. I want to go to this/I can’t possibly go to this.
I made note of the early-bird registration date and let the idea simmer. I’d wait to see how things at home unfolded and where the energy settled.
I wanted to meet the women who played such an integral part in the…Continue
Added by Dhana Musil on November 15, 2016 at 11:43pm — No Comments
Things I Did Wrong — Things I Did Right. My Memoir Process.
Things I Did Wrong:
I showed too many people my early drafts. This resulted in me changing the whole memoir from past tense to present tense and back again (and there’s no Replace All function for tense).
I didn’t trust my own voice. I made edits based on what my early readers thought would improve my memoir. Almost every one of these changes ended up sounding clunky and…Continue
October has been a whirlwind of bookstore launches, after-parties, interviews, reviews, and appreciation via email, phone and old-fashioned note cards from family, friends, and strangers, and best of all, oceans of love. As wonderful as this experience has been, there was one small public moment and one big private one that were most powerful for me, distilling it on both a macro and a micro scale.
After signing extra copies of Dying in Dubai for my home bookstore, Oblong Books…Continue
Added by Roselee Blooston on October 26, 2016 at 10:57am — No Comments
First-time author Marian Small’s WHEN JOHNNY DOESN’T COME MARCHING HOME does for World War I what Tom Brokaw’s THE GREATEST GENERATION did for World War II.
Written as a memoir of her father,…Continue
Added by Dorothy Thompson on October 25, 2016 at 8:17am — No Comments
For anyone who enjoys writing and/or reading memoir, I look forward to your comments!
All the Best, Linda
Added by Linda Carvelli on October 12, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
In the early pages of my memoir I was eager to deliver a clear picture of the young woman I was in the late 1960’s, when I was eager to meet the man of my dreams. I understood the importance of establishing a character arc, so I tried to show readers what the young me thought she wanted from life, in order to contrast with the more self-actualized person I was at the end my book.
I had lots of fun writing about the hapless campaign my best friend and I, both teachers…Continue
It’s two weeks until my book launch and I feel tremendous anticipation about what is certainly a defining moment in my life—very much like the two other days in my past when my public identity changed: my wedding day at the bus stop where Jerry and I met, when I became a wife, and the day, almost exactly three years later, when I gave birth to our son, Oliver, and became a mother. The launch on October 1st in our old hometown, Montclair, New Jersey, marks the moment…Continue
Added by Roselee Blooston on September 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
“An emotional roller coaster!” That’s how one reader described my memoir, The Sportscaster’s Daughter. The same could be said of the book’s first month of publication.
The official publication date was August 23, but it seems that only the likes of JK Rowling can keep those boxes sealed until the release date (friends advised me Amazon preorders had shipped the week before). So my local book club had an early, impromptu gathering. I advised them: they were only invited if they…Continue
Today's quote is from Hisham Matar:
Yesterday, Saturday Short presented the trailer for the documentary 'Gifts of Grief':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 18, 2016 at 8:39am — No Comments
When my good friend and Vassar classmate, Robyn Travers, offered to pitch an Author Talk for me at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, her local Cape Cod branch, neither of us realized that its event coordinator was Janet Robertson, another Vassar ’73 grad. They both did an incredible job publicizing the August 23rd event, which—with my publisher’s blessing, since it was 6 weeks before my official Oct 1 launch—included a reading and signing. There’s nothing better than the power of…Continue
Added by Roselee Blooston on September 16, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments
When I started writing my memoir, I gave it the working title “Five Years and Ten Months.” It was actually more than a temporary title; I was committed to it. In the first chapter I had depicted the ambivalence I felt on my wedding day towards marrying a man who had just hit me two days before. The chapter ended with the words “. . . and he slipped on the ring that I wore for the next five years and ten months.”
In an early workshop, I got feedback that the title was…Continue