Should you write a memoir, or write a novel "based on a true story"? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth.
In this article from the October 2017 issue of Writer's Digest, James C. Magruder illustrates the importance of humanizing the words you write.
Former secret service agent Dan Emmett shares his five secrets to compiling a fascinating memoir—the same five tips he used when working on his memoir, I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
Here are 10 tips to keep your spirits up when writing about deeply emotional content.
Voice is like your book’s fingerprint—only the author can give a book its own style. Here's what you need to know about voice in understanding how to write a good memoir.
Every fiction writer has to write across gender lines. I should know. I’m a fantasy / science fiction writer, and though my stories are populated with vampires, robots, and space squids, there tend to be more than a few humans in the mix. Many of those humans end up being women....
When I wanted to write an essay about my difficult relationship with my brother I had to figure out a way to make it interesting to other people so I turned to these 10 elements to keep the story rolling.
What exactly is the difference between behaviors, habits, mannerisms and quirks? Read on to learn the subtle (yet important) differences between them.
Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.
This is a question I love being asked because it is such a fertile one, although my first responses are succinct: “No way!” – pause, then, “Absolutely!” Well, it’s a jumble of both. Here's why.
Here is what you need to know to get started on your memoir.
If you’re at an early stage, each piece of research in that fat file calls out to you: “I’m so interesting. I just have to get into your book.” Here's how to include the right information to make your book better.
Here's what every memoirist might expect upon the launch of his or her book, courtesy of some (unintentionally) comedic moments.
Every single manuscript evaluated for acquisition has to pass a single litmus test: Does the story have a takeaway? Here's what you need to know and apply to your memoir.
Every person has a unique life path and therefore an interesting tale to share, and yet so many of us struggle with whether or not we have the right to tell our stories. We are silenced by the fear upsetting others, especially our family, in writing our truth. This guest post...
Research has proven that writing about traumatic events, if done properly, can be beneficial. I spent nearly a decade working on a memoir about my brother’s suicide, our lives, and my grief. Here’s what I learned along the way.
I've always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here's why.
A new year, a new writerly you. New Year’s Day is a time for reflecting on the past year while thinking about the goals, wishes, and hopes for the new year ahead. What does this mean for your writing goals? Maybe 2013 is the year you finish your novel. Maybe it’s...
He did not set out to follow in his famous father’s footsteps, nor is he as dark and brooding as his own House of Sand and Fog. And those are just the first of many things that will surprise you about the bestseller.
Is your manuscript stuck? Take a break from completing your fiction project and diagnose it. Here's how to take your manuscript into its next phase: completion.
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Download a 26-day countdown poster with energy boosting ideas to fuel your marathon and track your accomplishments from Day 1 to Day 26. Write-A-Thon Poster 8.5×11 Write-A-Thon Poster 11×17 Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group:...
Q&A with Rochelle Melander, author of Write-A-Thon Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group: firstname.lastname@example.org How many books have you written in 26 days or less? Five! I wrote Write-A-Thon in 26 days during National Novel Writing Month in 2009....
Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group: email@example.com Avoid Overwhelm From Write-A-Thon by Rochelle Melander Being a poet is one of the unhealthier jobs—no regular hours, so many temptations! —Elizabeth Bishop In a study on choice, students reported better satisfaction...