Guest Blog by Mary Gottschalk – “The Four R’s of Memoir Writing”

The Four R’s of Memoir Writing by Mary Gottschalk In recent blogs, I’ve pondered the importance of letting stories age, much like fine wine, to allow the author time to distinguish between “what happened” and “why it matters.” It strikes me that there is another way to look at the value of allowing memoirs to steep for a while.  In a 2009 study of the linkages between memory and...
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The Birth Of A Book – “My First Pulmonary Embolism – How Cute!”

If you will recall, last week’s post reflected April 18, 2010 and April 19, 2010. I must have been on a roll, because todays blog entries were both April 19, 2010. The blog is still just a journal to me.. I am getting better telling my story, however my spelling is still terrible and other required composition rules had not yet been applied. The timeline is summer of 2003. I know that...
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Guest Blog by Doreen McGettigan – “Criticism – The Pill That Must Be Swallowed”

Criticism – The Pill That Must Be Swallowed by Doreen McGettigan The best rejection letter I received also happened to include the best advice I received on editing my manuscript. I was writing the true story of my brother’s random road rage murder but I started the story from ‘I was born in Jacksonville, Florida to a Navy blah blah etc…’The manuscript was literally...
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