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Writing Through Life · 3d ago

Do You Call Yourself a Writer?

WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU WHAT YOU DO, do you reply that you are a writer? Chances are, if you have not yet published a book, you don’t — even though you may have had articles and essays published...
Writing Through Life · 1W ago

Read Like a Writer, Part 5: Pace, Voice, and Tone – This Boy’s Life

HOW WORD CHOICE AFFECTS PACE, TONE, AND VOICE – This Boy’s Life This is the second post in which we examine *This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff, from a writer’s point of view. How does Tobias ...
Writing Through Life · 2W ago

Journaling Prompts For and About Fathers

FATHERS ARE IMPORTANT. This fact has become increasingly apparent to me as I work on my next memoir and reflect deeply on my life. In my case, the loss of my father’s presence to divorce at ...
Writing Through Life · 3W ago

Writing Memoir: Searching for the Truth

FINDING TRUTH IS THE ELEMENTAL TASK OF MEMOIR, and what memoirists struggle with most as we write our stories. I have been reflecting on this aspect of memoir, since reading Ann Churcher’s p...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

How to Nurture (and Keep) the Writing Habit

WHEN ASKED about their greatest writing challenges, many writers tell me they struggle with making a regular habit of writing. Life gets in the way, they say. And it’s true. That’s because t...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

Read Like a Writer, Part 4: This Boy’s Life – First Impressions

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – *This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff This Boy’s Life, published in 2007, is already a classic among coming-of-age memoirs. It begins with Toby, age fourteen, and his mother ...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

6 Journaling Prompts to Conquer Your Inner Critic

ARE YOU SELF-CRITICAL? Get down on yourself for making mistakes or not meeting your own standards? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Many of us run a constant inner dialogue that sounds so...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

Writing Memoir: Where’s the Conflict?

WRITING MEMOIR IS A LOT LIKE WRITING FICTION — only with all the made-up parts left out. You have scene (place and time), which is inhabited by characters, dialogue, and action. You have a p...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

In the Ring — Scrivener vs. Word

IF YOU’VE BEEN WRITING ANY LENGTH OF TIME, you’ve probably heard of Scrivener. And if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a big fan. I use Scrivener for pretty...
Writing Through Life · 2M ago

Read Like a Writer, Part 3: West With the Night – Structure

UNDERSTANDING THE STRUCTURE of a memoir, for me, has always been the most challenging part of analyzing a book — partly because there are so many ways to go about it. Structure can be analyz...