Monthly Archives: December 2017


A Holiday Message with Writing Inspiration 1

My dear friends and WritingThroughLife readers,  I want to wish you happy and warm holidays! I also want to encourage you to take time to write about your holiday experiences and thoughts. To that end, here are a few of my most popular and inspiring holiday writing posts, with plenty […]


Read Like a Writer, Part 12: Structure – Born to Run 2

THIS IS THE THIRD AND FINAL ARTICLE IN THE READ LIKE WRITER SERIES, in which I discuss Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run. Today, I’m exploring how Springsteen structured his memoir and how that might inform our writing. Warning: this discussion of structure contains spoilers and is intended for those […]


Discover Your Memoir’s Underlying Themes 11

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 […]


2017 Reader Survey Results 2

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. […]