5 Nov, 2012

Writing About Family

2021-01-03T17:31:45-06:00November 5th, 2012|Tags: , , |

My grandmother and me at my wedding I'm thrilled to be guest blogging on Shirley Showalter's blog today. Topic: Writing About Family. It's the hairiest issue in writing memoir, at least [...]

16 Feb, 2012

The End in Memoir

2012-02-16T12:05:00-06:00February 16th, 2012|Tags: , |

Here's a little chuckle for you on a genre that often leaves little to chuckle about. Last Sunday I went to a memoir event: Moment Magazine was presenting the winners [...]

28 Nov, 2011

Finding Focus in Writing

2021-01-03T17:32:49-06:00November 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Finding focus in our writing is a big challenge, especially when you're writing personal narrative. How do you whittle down a big life into one small story? My tips: Use a [...]

3 Jul, 2011

Hemingway on Writing

2021-01-03T17:33:25-06:00July 3rd, 2011|Tags: , |

Today is the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death, and an article by Jeffrey Meyers in the Wall Street Journal on Hemingway’s literary achievement reminded me of that. He died, sadly [...]

24 May, 2011

Where I Write

2021-01-03T17:33:37-06:00May 24th, 2011|Tags: |

Today's Blogathon topic is "My 5 Favorite Places to Write." However, I only have one favorite place to write: my couch. In the photo I'm leaning forward, probably because my [...]

23 May, 2011

Writing Is My SecondAct

2021-01-03T17:33:38-06:00May 23rd, 2011|Tags: |

Thank you, Michelle Rafter, for featuring my blog on SecondAct, the online magazine for people reinventing themselves after 40. I have to admit I never quite saw myself as engineering [...]

21 May, 2011

Formulaic Writing

2021-01-03T17:33:38-06:00May 21st, 2011|Tags: |

The one insight gleaned from today’s seminars at the Queens MFA alumni conference, courtesy of Alan Michael Parker who was talking about taking risks in writing: Most plots, especially in [...]

23 Feb, 2011

Check in with a Buddy

2021-01-03T17:34:03-06:00February 23rd, 2011|Tags: |

Another writing ritual that keeps me going is checking in with my writing buddy Harriet. Every Friday we e-mail each other to report how many submissions we sent out, what [...]

18 Feb, 2011

Keeping a Log

2021-01-03T17:34:04-06:00February 18th, 2011|Tags: |

Yesterday, during a trial run for an authors’ roundtable, I was asked about my writing rituals. Did I have any habits that keep me writing? I do. One is my [...]

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