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Writing Memoirs

catnav-alchemy-activePost #20 – Memoir and Fiction, Writing Alchemy – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

zenYes. Sorry. No way around it. The key to success is practice…or as Ray Bradbury explains in his essay, “Zen and the Art of Writing,” work. Writing, to Bradbury, isn’t really work, but working at writing (putting in the time reading, writing, learning) is part of the process that will bring the joys and love of writing.

I think this concept is important to every writer still learning her craft and aspiring to publication, which is why this is the focus of my Writing in Five video this week. I feel it’s a particularly important topic for our memoir writers because so many of you have come to serious writing (i.e., aspiring to publication) comparatively late. You have stories to tell; this is your primary objective…to share, educate, illuminate the stories of your lives.

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Memoir Moment #7 with Jessica Bram

by Matilda ButlerJuly 5, 2009
Memoir Moment #7 with Jessica Bram

In this Memoir Moment, Jessica Bram shares insights from her work on her memoir’s opening. Once 12 pages long, it appears in her published memoir Happily Ever After Divorced as less than one page. Listen in as Jessica describes what she did and what she needed the opening to accomplish. If you don’t know about the concept of a “take away,” Jessica’s explanation will send you back to work with a new tool to help you with your opening

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