Writing Tips


10 Scary-Good Productivity Tips for Writers 5

ON THE EVE of National Novel Writing Month or National NonFiction Writing Month (affectionately known as NaNoWriMo or NaNonFiWriMo, respectively), the issue of productivity becomes more than important than ever. After all, how will you meet the challenge of writing 50,000 words of fiction or completing a nonfiction piece in one […]


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 […]


Writer with a Day Job — 100 Words a Day 21

MOST WRITERS have day jobs. That’s a fact. There are those who begin writing in earnest after retirement or who are fortunate enough to be supported by other means or who manage to carve out a writing career when they are young, but these are the minority. A quick web […]


If You Can Write a Letter, You Can Start Your Memoir 1

WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING MEMOIR, the most frequently asked question I receive is, “How do I start?” My brief answer is, “You start by starting. You write what comes. Don’t worry about the form or the content at this point. Just write.” And that’s true. But what would-be memoirists […]


Blogtalk: A Roundup of Memoir Writing Tips 4

WRITING A MEMOIR, whether it’s your first go-round or your tenth, is a daunting and sometimes discouraging undertaking. It requires a certain amount of grit, determination, and courage. It can also be helpful to read how others have done it and gain wisdom from their experiences. So this week, I’ve rounded […]


How to Write a Scene 11

 A good writer can conjure a landscape and its peoples to live inside you, and the best writers make you feel they’ve disclosed their soft underbellies. — Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir WHEN YOU READ A MEMOIR, what about that author’s story evokes emotion in you? What makes the […]


From Memories to Memoirs, Part 10 — Structuring Your Memoir 11

Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction. ~ William Zinsser, On Writing Well (30th Anniversary Edition) I am often […]