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Blogtalk: Using Technology to Aid Memoir Writing

Blogtalk: Using Technology to Aid Memoir Writing

IN HIS CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE ARTICLE, Finding Truth in Technology, Sejal H. Patel discusses the potential for conflict between writing the truth as we remember it and using technology to reveal and research the facts. “Technology,” as discussed in the article, includes pictures, recordings, video, online web tools, such as WordReference.com, Google maps, historical websites, and online communities where we can reconnect with the characters of our lives. Patel highlights stories from five writers detailing how the use of such technologies has both helped and hindered them. While photos and videos can jog memories and help us remain true to the facts,[...]
Activate Your Writing with Powerful Verbs

Activate Your Writing with Powerful Verbs

DO YOU WANT your writing to take hold of your readers and pull them from one page to the next? Do you want to imbue your writing with more tension, movement, and power? One of the most potent ways to strengthen your writing is to use strong, precise, and active verbs in place of weak and passive verbs. What is this nefarious thing called “passive verb” (also known as “passive verb construction” and “passive voice”)? It is where the subject of the sentence is having the action done to him, her, or it. In contrast, in active verb construction (active voice), the[...]
Word for Writers, Part 13 - Working with Images

Word for Writers, Part 13 - Working with Images

LEARNING HOW TO MANAGE IMAGES in Microsoft Word is an essential skill, yet it is not a skill that writers need or call upon every day. After all, writing is all about creating pictures with words. Still, there are times when you’ll need to be able to include pictures in in your documents. You might need to create a flyer for a book launch or reading. You might want to write a legacy letter that includes family photos. You might be self-publishing a memoir and want to include photos, drawings, or scanned images. Or you might simply want to add[...]
Scrivener for iOS - It's Finally Here!

Scrivener for iOS - It's Finally Here!

THIS IS NOT what I had planned to blog about this week, nor had I planned to be out of town for the weekend without my laptop, which I usually drag with me if I'm going to be away from home overnight. So, the release of Scrivener for iOS this week couldn't have come at a better time. If you don't know what Scrivener is, you might want to jump over and read my 2013 post about it. If you already use Scrivener, you know it’s the best writer’s tool to come along since the invention of the word processor. However, until now,[...]
A New Look

A New Look

If you've wondered why Writing Through Life has been unusually quiet this last month, it's been because I've been working hard to finalize and get the new website up and running. And today, I'm proud to present the new WritingThroughLife.com site, fully mobile-responsive, and with a new look and feel. If you're receiving this post via email, please jump on over to the site and take a look. I think you'll like the change! You'll notice the new home page right away, with a new menu, large banner, and featured pages icons above the fold. I've added new "About," "Books," and "Services" pages, as well. Beneath the fold on the home[...]