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Seasons of Our Lives: Spring
Seasons of Our Lives: Summer
Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn
Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

We have purchased copies from Amazon and will send you one of these as a gift. Each regularly sells for $3.99 and includes about 25 memoir stories. Each of these stories is followed with a memoir takeaway that we’ve written to give you additional lessons and insights — to help guide you as you work on writing your own life stories.

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Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep

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award-winning memoir stories


Seasons of Our Lives: Spring
Seasons of Our Lives: Summer
Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn
Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

These four ebooks, stories of the seasons of women’s lives, are available through Amazon’s Kindle Books and ranked on Amazon’s bestseller list as #2, #3, #4, #5 for Writing Skills.

Late Breaking News:

We’ve just been awarded six honors:

1. Next Generation Indie Book Award, Women’s Issues
WINNER/First Place ($100 cash prize): Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn

2. eLit Book Award, Anthologies
SILVER: Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

3. eLit Book Award, Women’s Issues
BRONZE: Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

4. Los Angeles Book Festival, Compilations/Anthologies
WINNER: Seasons of Our Lives: Spring

5. San Francisco Book Festival, Compilations/Anthologies
RUNNER-UP: Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn

6. Great Northwest Book Festival, Compilations/Anthologies
HONORABLE MENTION: Seasons of Our Lives: Summer

About the Four Volumes

Memories. Memoirs. Stories of our lives. The award-winning authors Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett invited women to submit personal vignettes about the seasons of their lives. Sweet stories. Sad stories. Joyful stories. Poignant stories. The small stories that make up our days, our lives. Hundreds of stories were read and evaluated. The best of these, the award-winning stories, are included in the four volumes of Seasons of Our Lives: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring.

Each story concludes with a takeaway from the editors — takeaways that will help you reflect on the seasons of your life. And if you’re interested in creating a legacy of your own family or personal stories, these takeaways are designed to help you write more dynamically and powerfully so that you can proudly share your own life seasons with family, friends, and even more widely should you choose to publish your memoir.

Enjoy these inspiring stories as your gift for getting Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep today.

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Writing Alchemy, How to Write

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We could go on and on about this revolutionary writing system. We could give you lots of quotes from writers who have sung its praises. But that would just be “telling.” Instead, let us show you the table of contents so that you can judge for yourself. Then if you think Writing Alchemy is the book for you, just click on the button at the bottom.

Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep

WRITING ALCHEMY’S TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introducing Writing Alchemy–Far from Writing as Usual

1. GETTING A HEAD START ON WRITING ALCHEMY
—A Great Book is the Gold Standard
—Perfect Practice
—The Problem: Opportunistic Writer
—The Solution: Writing Alchemy
—What is Writing Alchemy?
—Jumping Right In
—Writing Alchemy in Use
—Have Fun While You Write
—8 Head-Start Steps to Your First Scene

2. DECONSTRUCTING THE FIVE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF WRITING

—The Origin and Development of Writing Alchemy
—Benefits of the Writing Alchemy System
—Essential Elements of Writing
—Deconstruction Learned at My Mother’s Knee
—Deconstruction Defined
—Deconstruction’s Pre-Writes Mean Fewer Rewrites
—Deconstruction’s Deceptive Simplicity (Or Is It Deceptive?)
—Begin Deconstructing Your Story

3. THE ELEMENT OF PEOPLE AND CHARACTERS

—Characters Matter…
—…Because It All Begins with Characters
—First, A Confession
—Three Schools of Character Development
—A Fourth School of Thought for Character Development
—The Five Dimensions of Character
—Two Theories of Needs (Motivation)
—And Finally, Adding Enduring Personality Traits
—Now You’re Ready to Create Your Main Characters

4. THE ELEMENT OF EMOTION AND AFFECT

—Emotions in Writing
—What Do We Mean When We Talk about Emotions?
—History of Emotions
—A Vocabulary of Emotion
—A Tool from the Social Sciences
—Let’s Be Intelligent about Our Emotions
—Five Final Factors: A Quick Quiz
—What is Your Emotional Intelligence?
—What Else Might You Find?

5. THE ELEMENT OF DIALOGUE

—Beware. That’s Risk in Dialogue
—It All Started a Long Time Ago
—The Direction of Dialogue
—To Write Dialogue, You Must Understand It
—Putting the Game People Play into the Dialogue You Write
—What Can You Learn about Dialogue if You Analyze a Conversation?
—The Body Speaks
—Wrapping Up Dialogue from the Perspective of the Social Sciences
—Dialogue is Not Real…Listen for the Difference
—Set the Stage for the Dialogue and Let Your Character Walk on Prepared
—Words to Speak With
—Truth in Dialogue
—One More Good Excuse to Spend Time Reading
—Rules Make Dialogue Your Power Tool

6. THE ELEMENT OF SENSATION AND PERCEPTION

—The Sense of Sight
—The Sense of Sound
—The Sense of Smell
—The Sense of Taste
—The Sense of Touch

7. THE ELEMENT OF TIME AND PLACE

—A Personal Sense of Time and Place
—Sharing Knowledge of Time and Place with Readers
—Perspectives on Place
—The Sense of Place
—Guidance to Our Understanding of Place as Relationships
—A Social Scientist on Place, Lifespace and Our Behavior
—Before Leaving Place Behind: A Social Scientist on Internal Responses to Place
—Time on Its Own
—Time and the Memoirist
—Social Science and Time
—Working Time into the Narrative: How Might You Do This?
—Time is a Marker of Cultures
—What Time Type are You?
—A Measure of Your Sense of Time
—A Famous Social Scientist Gives Us a Clue about Time
—Of Marshmallows and Money
—Time, Place and Memoir
—A Personal Time and Place Example
—”And One More Thing…”

8. CONSTRUCTING WITH THE FIVE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF WRITING

—Construction Lessons
—Three Metaphors for Construction
—Begin Constructing Your Story
—Plotting Your Story
—Memoir Writing and Journaling
—Writing Truth
—Alternate Forms of Memoirs
—Now Get to Writing, Really
—Fun. Joy. Happiness. Work. And Alchemy.

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