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Things I did Right, Things I did Wrong. My memoir process.

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…

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Added by Dhana Musil on September 21, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Author

           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…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on September 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Memoir's Published! The Emotional Roller Coaster of Month One

“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…

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Added by Cindi Michael on September 18, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Thought for the Day

Today's quote is from Hisham Matar:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2016/09/thought-for-day_18.html

Yesterday, Saturday Short presented the trailer for the documentary 'Gifts of Grief':

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2016/09/saturday-short_92.html

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 18, 2016 at 8:39am — No Comments

Present and Past at Pre-Launch

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…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on September 16, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments

Choose Your Title Carefully

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…

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Added by Betty Hafner on September 1, 2016 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Book Review by Michael Knox-Smith of Bangles: My True Story of Escape, Adventure and Forgiveness

Bangles: My True Story of Escape, Adventure and Forgiveness by Marsha Marie is a personal tale of living outside the “safety” of America and of adopting another country as home. A sort of variation of “An Englishman Abroad” where the heroine of the book takes us though her trails and tribulations via series of books all starting with “Bangles.”

The tale begins with Marsha in an abusive relationship with her first husband. One that ends with her losing custody of her children. She…

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Added by Marsha Yasmine Marie on August 13, 2016 at 6:53pm — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Every Book Has a Story

When I was in 4th grade, I got a D in math. I felt like a failure. To me, math knowledge equated with "smarts." And, naturally, "smarts" equated with success. At 9 years old, I was doomed to a life without success.

Three years later my seventh grade English teacher read one of my essays to the class. She cried a little at one part. At 12 years old, I knew I was destined to write a book.

Through medical school (I did actually prove those "smarts," after all, and became an…

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Added by Christine Meyer on August 2, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Comma Queen's Ruler

Many readers don’t realize what goes into the editing of a book. Let me clue you in.  DYING IN DUBAI has gone through numerous drafts—at least 14 by my latest count: some, which I edited myself, and some, which an outside editor reviewed. 

The first editors to comment were developmental editors. Their job is to look broadly at character, plot, story arc, themes.  Like novels, memoirs must satisfy in all of these categories. When I handed in my drafts, I was nervous about what…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on July 31, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Suzanne Kamata Finalist for $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Award; Winner of Best Woman-Centered Novel/Memoir

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Winner Announced for the Half the World Global Literati Award 2016 -Canadian author Laurie Petrou recipient of inaugural US$50,000 international award–

Global, July 15, 2016 – Half the World Holdings, a women-focused investment platform, Friday announced Laurie Petrou as the winner of the inaugural Half the World Global Literati Award 2016. The prestigious international award recognizes unpublished work that reflects the…

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Added by Suzanne Linn Kamata on July 16, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Living with a Work in Progress

Once you have written your first draft, the easy part is over and the hard part begins. The hard part is where you begin the process of re-writing and crafting your book, chapter by chapter, sentences by sentence, word by word. That’s exactly where I was the last couple of years, on my third, fourth, and fifth re-writes, revising, expanding, cutting, and shaping…

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Added by Nancy Hinchliff on July 16, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The One-Two Punch of writing details

I implore the power of detail in my memoir writing. However, writing the details can be a distraction and a digression from the…

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Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on July 11, 2016 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

How to Write a Memoir/Nonfiction Proposal

I got the deal for my memoir, The Good Shufu, through an unusually lucky process for a first-time author--one that made the prospect of writing a proposal both more and less overwhelming. One seemingly ordinary day in my life as a writer-without-a-book, an editor at Putnam (a hardcover imprint in the Penguin Random House group) saw a short piece I wrote in The…

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Added by Tracy Slater on July 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 25 Comments

Deleted passage from BANGLES ....Lucille Ball Days

My next bad hair day story happened one weekend in Dubai. I ended up coloring my hair three times in a row; only because I couldn’t get the color just-right. The result of the third coloring was okay for my hair, but something went horribly wrong with my eyebrows. (You see, anyone who knows me, knows that I have skin-tone eyebrows; some even say that they are invisible. So whenever I color my hair, I try to…

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Added by Marsha Yasmine Marie on June 22, 2016 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

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Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

Here's the link to Story Circle Network Online Classes

Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

Here's the link to Story Circle Network Online Classes

Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Book in Hand

            Last week, when I contemplated writing this blog entry, I intended to title it, “Obstacles and Opportunities.”  I often start with a title. My plays and my memoir, DYING IN DUBAI, began that way. Then two days ago, a box arrived, containing the Advance Review Copies of my memoir—ARCs, as they are known…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on June 20, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

I’ve been told that some of my stories are incomplete in form. They don’t have the standard type of plot-arc and resolution.  “Where are you going with these?” They say. “These are just sketches.” (I…

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I’ve been told that some of my stories are incomplete in form. They don’t have the standard type of plot-arc and resolution.  “Where are you going with these?” They say. “These are just sketches.” (Interesting– That’s what the art critics and academicians of the 1890’s said about Claude Monet, who now in countless art history books is called “the Father of Impressionism.”)

If my stories don’t fit the formula for maximum sales, and if they only offer a glimpse of a…

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Added by Victoria Chames on June 10, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Birth and Rebirth

     Why does embarking on a new chapter in my writing life feel like both a birth and a rebirth?  Part of the answer is obvious: there is a lot of labor involved, a lot of figurative blood, and real sweat and tears. When I began writing, I was a child creating illustrated poetry books, which were a secondary outlet for my ever-present need to express myself. Those first efforts rhymed. Later, as a 7th grader, I turned to haiku and got my first accolades: an Honorable Mention in…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on June 1, 2016 at 7:38am — No Comments

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