Blogtalk: Must-read Memoirs, Secrets, and The Revision Process

Interested in memoir? Carol Brown wrote to tell me about the list of memoirs she posted over at, along with brief synopses of each book. I haven’t read any of them, but they all seem interesting. Hmm… just what I need. More titles for my “to read” list.

If you’re wondering about whether or not to write about those juicy family (or personal) secrets, Sharon Lippincott offers an engaging anecdote and a list of things to consider in her recent post, “Beware of the Elephants.”

When I came across this blog post, Writing is Rewriting, Proofreading, and Editing, by Melissa Donovan, I read it with interest. While I don’t completely agree with all of her definitions — for example, copyediting includes editing for clarity, grammar, and punctuation, as well as formatting the text for publication — I do agree that the real work of writing begins after the first draft. And that writers should be well versed in how to revise and edit their own writing.

That said, no matter how good an editor you are, if you plan to self-publish, you need to have your work independently edited. That is, if you want the final product to be top quality. And we’re not talking just about typos here, but structure, clarity, and pace, as well.

Speaking of grammar, just posted 25 Words and Their Prepositional Pals. If you’ve wondered whether to use “for,” “to,” “with,” “on,” or “over” after words like “answer,” “compare,” and “differ,” then head on over to this article for a review.


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