Where to Start Your Story

“Where do I start my story?” is one of the most common questions I get from writers. If you’re like most of my clients, it’s a question that inspires fear, anxiety and overwhelm. So let’s get you to the other side of that yucky equation with the following tip: Start by jumping into the deep […]

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100 of My Favorite Memoirs

In my Memoir Mastery class, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite memoirs to illustrate the craft and technique of writing a compelling memoir. As part of that discussion, folks have asked me to compile a list of my favorite memoirs. Here it is! 100 of My Favorite Memoirs The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls […]

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What Inspired You to Become a Writer?

Happy 4th of July! As we ease into the holiday weekend, I’ve been thinking about why I became a writer. I’ve also been thinking about the books that inspired me over the years, and I would love to hear what those books are for you. Was there a specific book that made you want to […]

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The Journey of Writing a Book

(This is part 3 of a 3-Part Series: What I Wish I’d Known Then.)  The Journey of Writing a Book I don’t take writing a book lightly. There’s a reason it’s on so many bucket lists, just like there’s a reason that many folks never start. And that’s because it’s hard work. Writing a book […]

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Don’t Give Away Your Power

The other day, I realized that I took my first creative writing class 30 years ago as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yikes. That got me thinking about what I’ve learned along the way. Today marks the first part in a new 3-part series this inspired: What I Wish I’d Known Then. Part […]

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How I Resuscitated My Memoir

How I Resuscitated My Memoir In the midst of the end-of-the-school-year chaos, I realized it was time to resuscitate my current memoir. How did I know? My book kept popping into my consciousness, giving me little nudges that it wanted my attention. For a long time, this memoir’s been on life support. It’s been a […]

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Reclaiming Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I wanted to share a piece for anyone grieving their mother or any other loved one. I wrote this for Huffington Post a few years ago in the hopes that it would help normalize the grief we feel around holidays.  Reclaiming Mother’s Day As Mother’s Day approaches, I feel an […]

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What You Need to Know About Word Count

Today, I wanted to talk to you about word count. Like many others at the moment, I’m reading Rachel Hollis’ new book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, and one of the things she talks about is her super-human-powered focus when it comes to writing (as well as, um, pretty much everything else). She focuses on word count, […]

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5 Tips to Get You Writing NOW

Starting (or restarting) a writing routine can be one of the most stressful parts of writing. Here are 5 tips to get you up and running as quickly and easily as possible. Tip #1: Don’t wait for inspiration. One of the biggest myths out there is that writers wait for inspiration, which then beams down, […]

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