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Writing Through Life · 6d 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 · 1W 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...
Writing Through Life · 2W ago

7 Journaling Prompts to Face — And Transform — Your Fears

EVERYONE EXPERIENCES FEAR. Healthy fear arises from proximity to a dangerous situation: a healthy fear of falling, for example, prevents us from standing too close to the edge of a cliff. A ...
Writing Through Life · 3W ago

Writing Memoir: A Confession and a Question

CONFESSION TIME. This week, I had planned to write about a topic that stymies many memoir writers — how to write about family members. When you write about your life, you will, at some point...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

Strengthen Your Writing – Kill Your Thought Verbs

WHEN LEARNING THE CRAFT OF WRITING — which, as far as I am concerned, is a never-ending state of being — we often hear the refrain that we should “show, not tell.” “Showing” means writing in...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

Read Like a Writer, Part 2: West With the Night – Tone and Pace

A CLOSE READING of any book helps us to understand how an author’s word choice and sentence structure affect the tone and pace of the work. For this examination of Beryl Markham’s *West With...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

10 Inspiring Journaling Prompts for Challenging Times

IN CHALLENGING TIMES, it is easy to get lost in the dark or negative aspects of what is going on around us and forget to look for the good—especially when newspapers and online media sensati...
Writing Through Life · 1M ago

How to Keep Writing When the Going Gets Rough

ANYONE WHO HAS WRITTEN A MEMOIR KNOWS that it’s hard work. Not at the beginning, necessarily, but when you’re part way through, and that nice, round idea you had of your story has become fra...
Writing Through Life · 2M ago

My Takeaways from the San Miguel Writers’ Conference

“[The plot] of personal essay, its drama, its suspense, consists in watching how far the essayist can drop past his or her psychic defenses toward deeper levels of honesty.” – Phillip Lopate...
Writing Through Life · 2M ago

Read Like a Writer, Part 1: West With the Night – First Impressions

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – *West With the Night, by Beryl Markham Though this memoir is considered a classic, I had never heard of it or of Beryl Markham before a Writing Through Life survey respon...