Writing for the Right Reasons

This morning while searching for a possible post, I came across a comment I'd written to a dear writing friend, Christine Grote, in response to her post, One thing’s clear — re-evaluating blogging. We both self-published around the same time and often shared ideas and information. Although different genres, her's memoir and mine a book about creativity, her writing touched me …

#59 Weaving Life Stories

I say I trust God, but then I'm all over my unanswered questions like a kitten on a ball of string. Playful, yes, but often obsessive just the same. I want direction presented straight up, but my Creator seems more interested in weaving life stories. Daily, I sift through memories in an attempt to create meaningful prose. In …

In Search of my “Desire Line”

Recently, I read an insightful article titled, "The Key Elements of Writing a Good Memoir" by author Adair Lara http://writersdigest.com/article/elements-of-an-effective-arc/. The author's approach to creating a narrative arc simmers in my mind as I seek to craft my memoir:  "The first step in drawing an arc is to answer this question: What did you (as the …

The Dance of Delight

The genre of memoir captivates me and the desire to push forward in exploring this style steadily grows. Yet, I have so much to learn about writing that at times my mind enters a temporary paralysis of thought: fiction techniques to enhance my nonfiction, writing a nonfiction book proposal…the list seems endless. I must resist the …

Book Review: Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach

Have you ever written something you thought was profound but later realized it screamed amateur? I have, thirty years worth to be exact. My current reading includes Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach with Kristen Keckler, PhD. The magnificence of this book leaves me speechless (but I'm a writer so...). The tagline only describes a portion …

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