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Discover Your Memoir's Underlying Themes

Discover Your Memoir's Underlying Themes

MEMOIRS ARE DRIVEN BY THEME. When you begin writing your memoir, it’s because you want to tell a story about a particular aspect of your life. It could be the discovery of a family secret, going through the loss of a loved one, overcoming an abusive childhood or addiction, or what it’s like to live with mental illness. All of these themes and many more are found in memoir. Every memoir also contains underlying themes — threads of concepts and images that are woven into the fabric of the memoir. Underlying themes are to memoir as subplots are to fiction. They[...]
Read Like a Writer, Part 11: Pace, Voice, and Tone in Springsteen's Born to Run

Read Like a Writer, Part 11: Pace, Voice, and Tone in Springsteen's Born to Run

THIS IS THE SECOND OF THREE ARTICLES, in which I discuss Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run. Today, I’m exploring how Springsteen controls pace, voice, and tone in his writing. Voice and Tone: Springsteen describes the characters in his life I think one of the ways Springsteen’s voice and tone come through most clearly in this memoir is in his descriptions of the various characters in his life. Throughout the book, his tone is modest, that of a Jersey boy who worked hard, had some good luck, and somehow managed to become successful — to his complete bewilderment. I admire that tone.[...]
2017 Reader Survey Results

2017 Reader Survey Results

THE 2017 READER SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN, and here's what you told me. Who you are — No real surprise here. The vast majority (95%) of you who completed the survey are women, age 55+ (82%), are retired or work part-time, and have incomes of less than 100k per year. The rest of you include men and women, ages 26-55, who are students, work full-time or are retired. 73% read WritingThroughLife articles often or always, and 27% read them sometimes. You gave WritingThroughLife an average rating of 4.46. That tells me you are getting value from the site overall, and there is always[...]
5 Famous Authors Talk About Writing

5 Famous Authors Talk About Writing

WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING AND THE WRITING LIFE, every author has a different and unique take on his or her sources of inspiration, what makes for good writing, and what is most important for success. I gain both encouragement and confidence in my own approach when I listen to others' talk about their experiences and philosophies — particularly those authors who have been quite successful. I like to remember that, after all, they are just people like myself.  Today's post is a compilation of 5 videos of famous authors talking about their lives, processes, and ideas about the craft of writing.[...]
Thanksgiving and the 31 Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge!

Thanksgiving and the 31 Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge!

THANKSGIVING is, hands down, my favorite holiday, because it focuses on two very important aspects of life: family and gratitude for what we have. (Oh yes, and I get to bake lots and lots of pies.) So today, I want to express my gratitude for you, my reading and writing family. You enrich my life every single day with your insights and comments, your blog posts, your emails, and your responses to mine. Thank you for giving of yourselves the way you do, and for being such an important part of my life. Also, every year I like to take this opportunity[...]