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Introducing the Read Like a Writer Memoir Series

Introducing the Read Like a Writer Memoir Series

BACK IN NOVEMBER, I asked if you’d like to see a Reading for Writers series focused on memoir, in which we would analyze one book each quarter together. You responded with a resounding “Yes!” and with many, many excellent title suggestions, ranging from classic to contemporary memoir. In making the book selections for the year, I decided I wanted to include an equal number of male and female authors. I have a rather selfish reason for this: I tend to be drawn more to memoirs written by women and feel I need to broaden my scope. I also wanted to work with[...]
How to Set - And Rock - Your Writing Goals

How to Set - And Rock - Your Writing Goals

WE'RE ALREADY more than halfway through the second week of January, so you may be wondering why I am writing about goals. After the hundreds of articles about New Year’s resolutions and goals all over the Internet, aren’t we over this thing already? Isn’t it time to move on? If you’re the type of person who loves to make lists and set goals each year, you may have already completed yours. Even so, read on, because you may find some tips here to make your goals more achievable. Or if you’re the type of person who hates goals because they seem like cages[...]
Looking Ahead — How to Create Your Intentions for the Coming Year

Looking Ahead — How to Create Your Intentions for the Coming Year

I LOVE THIS ARBITRARY DEMARCATION OF TIME — a line on the calendar dividing one year from the next — because it gives all of us excuse and opportunity to reflect on the past while creating intentions for our individual and collective futures. It provides us with a marker, a place in time to benchmark our place and progress in life. So now, I am looking forward to THIS new year and the many possibilities it brings with it. Rather than make new year’s resolutions, I prefer to write down my intentions and goals for the coming year. What are the differences between[...]
Writing About Holiday Traditions

Writing About Holiday Traditions

AROUND THE WORLD, December is a month full of holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, the Solstice, Rohatsu, Mawlid el-Nabi, Kwanzaa, or another holiday I have not named, you most likely follow rituals and traditions handed down to you by your ancestors or religion. Perhaps you have created traditions of your own. Your traditions are part of your legacy, which can be explored and kept alive through writing about them. In this post, I share a little about my Christmas traditions, where they came from, and why they're important to me. Below my story, I offer some prompts to help you[...]
10 Awesome Journaling Videos You've (Most Likely) Never Seen

10 Awesome Journaling Videos You've (Most Likely) Never Seen

DO YOU KEEP A JOURNAL? Do you ever watch videos about journaling? I thought not. I mean, who watches videos on journaling? And isn’t journaling pretty much just writing whatever you want on a page? It can be. But it can be much more and much less, depending on your reasons for keeping a journal. AND you can have more than one kind of journal. There are art journals, dream journals, writer’s journals, bullet journals, goal journals, daily or weekly journals. Whatever you want or need or dream a journal to be, you can create it. So, this week, I offer a curation of[...]