Are you ready to write a memoir? Here’s a selection of questions from a pop quiz in Mary Karr’s Art of the Memoir that might help.
I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then: That’s the memoirist’s dilemma — and also my official soundtrack.
Would one of the books that I found inspirational in high school — one that changed my life — hold up to scrutiny by the older me?
Anti-refugee sentiment is wrong, whether aimed at the Jews during World War II or the Muslims today. Don’t believe anti-Semitism is a thing of the past, however.
In writing, as in life, sometimes the perfect is the enemy of the good.
With knowledge comes responsibility — and an urge to revise your manuscript. Stop me before I learn again.
Logic, not the power of concentration or the poetry of free association, often helps me remember events from the past. What works for you?
My own private Paris, from the fantasies I had about the city as a French-studying high school student to the realities of Friday’s violence.
How I got my first travel writing assignment: An excerpt from Getting Naked for Money.
Don’t call me a dilettante because I like to shift writing topics. I am, instead, a literary serial monogamist.
Why can’t I just enjoy finishing a chapter? Why do I have to write the rest of my book? These are questions for which I know the answer, but I am required to ask.
When the going gets tough, the tough post statistics: 12 out of 16 chapters are more or less finished. And now I have a plug in to nag me.
Those family stories you’re accustomed to hearing about yourself? They may not be true — or only partially. Check it out.
A semi-scatological contemplation of confidence, aging, and the bitchiness of karma.
Writing is part inspiration, part perspiration, and part confidence. I’m pretty good at the first two, but the third always proves very slippery.
A cynical memoirist has a woo-woo experience. It didn’t make me give up drinking or anything but maybe it made my book a bit kinder.
My parents are no longer alive, so it’s too bad my childhood wasn’t worth writing about. Many of the people I’m dissing are still kicking.
Avoiding memoirs, I bought a book on memoir writing. What I learned from it surprised me.
The line between autobiography and memoir is often blurred, and I’m not sure where Getting Naked for Money fits. Should I call it a memography? An automoir?
Welcome to Day 3 of my scattershot look at the memoir-writing process. When I started writing Getting Naked for Money, I had what I thought was a pretty good idea of how to structure the book. I would focus on only one part of my life, the years that involved travel editing and writing, and move the story along chronologically, […]
Memory is notoriously unreliable. Reconstructing one’s past for a memoir takes a surprising amount of research.
Call it Write Part of My Memoir in November or Post-Kickstarter Kick Myself in the Butt Month. Or use a silly acronym. Just read it, okay?
Those of you who know about my successful Kickstarter campaign know I’m a big fan of crowdfunding. Now I’ve decided to try something new: crowdwriting. Some Background I’ve been going over the chapters I wrote of Getting Naked for Money in preparation for sending as much of the book as I’ve completed to an editor. A few people […]
Every dog needs a job. If you’re an author, considering getting yours to help with a crowdfunding campaign.
Since I completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, I’ve been on another mission: I want to take the stigma out of self publishing. Even more ambitious than doing a Kickstarter, eh? I realize I can’t single-handedly change negative perceptions of books that lie outside the traditional publishing realm. I can, however, try to make my book a worthy ambassador from the […]
Is there such a thing as journalistic purity? Can you expect rationality from a troll? These are some of the meaty matters I discuss here.
During this post-Kickstarter limbo period, I reflect on the benefits beyond the financial ones of my campaign, on living up to my contributors’ expectations, and more.
Think travel writing is glamorous — and lucrative? This excerpt from Getting Naked for Money will change your mind.
I was quick to rush to judgment on Caitlyn Jenner, especially on the age inappropriateness of her pose. Maybe I should look in the mirror.
Lessons learned from a Kickstarter campaign include forgoing pride, being persistent, and moving on when something doesn’t work. And being shameless.
With 9 days left in the Kickstarter campaign, I’m upping the ante, and putting loyalty to my adopted home on the line. If enough new contributors vote for Team Phoenix-Scottsdale vs Team Tucson, I will tweet allegiance to another city!
Keeping it real: this strategy to focus attention on the campaign uses social media in the old fashioned sense, a direct connection between friends
I was not very sophisticated about food when I started editing the Gault Millau guides at Prentice Hall Press, but was very open to learning after my 6th grade veal parmigiana epiphany.
A short roundup by guest blogger Laura E. Kelly of some great free resource books for all the creative entrepreneurs out there.
The first week’s Kickstarter successes, a doggie-version of the video, and a Memorial Day Weekend special!
Creating my book cover image involved an extensive collaborative process. In the end, Venus looked less angry and less like she had a penis.