Thinking of Writing Your Memoir?

Jane Friedman has a guest post up that shows you how to write your memoir using lists! I *love* list and this looks completely doable. In fact, I can see using this technique for writing other types of books such as nonfiction and novels. Just switch the memories for scenes and/or topics, etc.

Here is a snippet:

“So you’ve got this life, and it’s an interesting one. It’s taught you a few things, and you’d like to share them with the rest of us. You know it, we know it: you need to write a memoir. Except…the mere thought floods you with anxiety. You’ve got decades of memories; where would you even start? Lists to the rescue! This step-by-step process will guide you through organizing and writing your memoir with a series of fun, easy list. 1. Get Your Mind Right… Continue Reading


How to Plot a Practice Novel

Over at Writer Unboxed, Janice Hardy is sharing her “Ten-Step Guide to Plotting a Practice Novel.” If you have always wanted to get that novel out of your head and onto paper but been hesitating here is your chance to get started with some practice.

How to Plot a Practice Novel

Here is a snippet”

“Plotting is a vital skill for writers, but it’s something that’s difficult to teach. Every novel is different, and every writer has a different process for how they write that novel. It’s hard to learn the necessary skills while working on a novel you care about, since you might not be willing to change an element you love to fit a conceptual plot point.

But you can practice plotting”Continue Reading

She is also doing a giveaway where she will critique 10 pages of your book. Pretty cool, that!


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Books Read in August 2016

I read three books in August:

Image by Hermann (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Image by Hermann (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement. I have to be honest and admit that I had trouble getting into this book. I did glean some insights but I didn’t like how she characterized Jesus in the book. I get why she portrayed Him that way but He is so much more than that.

The Paleo Manifesto.  I read this book before. There are some aspects of the book that I think are “out there” but I am looking to eat more “cleanly” and figured I could get some ideas from this book if I read it again. I did. The biggest takeaway is that I need to be more firm and committed to cutting out the sugar.

Profit First. I have also read this before. However, I am participating in Tina Forsyth‘s Profit First course and this book is the basis of the class. If you are looking to take control of your finances or looking to put together a budget that actually works, this book is a life changer.


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