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From time to time I blog about reading, writing, and loving memoirs...
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What Every Memoir Writer Must Eventually Decide

“One of the unique features of humanity is our desire to be part of a community of storytellers and listeners. I have a simple explanation for why I can conclude this with confidence—if stories were not so important in our interaction with each other, why would we spend so much time talking? Our stories compiled,…

When You Say No To Support — Mamalode.com

When You Say No To Support — Mamalode.com

“Through all of this, I stopped knowing who I was. I lost myself. Parents of kids who live with chronic and critical diseases and disorders are not quite whole anymore: they are assemblages of limitless energy, capable of morphing and moulding into whatever the medical system and their child’s symptomology demands. Rare disease Moms are…

Becoming More Than Mom — Mamalode.com

Becoming More Than Mom — Mamalode.com

“I didn’t know where I’d find the words, but I was sure that anything I uttered after “you have a brain tumor” would just be white noise. I rose in the morning and fell to sleep at night spending every waking moment protecting my sons’ health, safety and happiness. My message, and these words would…

Ten Ways to Keep on Writing Your Memoir — Huffington Post

Ten Ways to Keep on Writing Your Memoir — Huffington Post

“Couldn’t write a word if you tried now, could ya? Didn’t even bother opening the notebook today, did ya? Take it from me, I understand. Here are some of tricks I use myself and recommend wholeheartedly to my students and clients when they feel stymied. These are tools to work around the mental excuses and…

When I Had To Tell My Son He Has A Brain Tumor–TheMighty.com

When I Had To Tell My Son He Has A Brain Tumor–TheMighty.com

“I couldn’t fix this for him, take away the sting or push it to the edge of his thoughts until later. I could do that with a lost hockey game, failed test or harsh words on the playground. That is regular Mom stuff. ” You can read my full post here:

Don't Let Sensitive Content Hold You Back

Don't Let Sensitive Content Hold You Back

Our personal histories have some sensitive experiences in them. I know you might be saying, “I’m afraid to tell the truth and hurt someone.” This is a valid concern we all have. The truth often stands for itself though. Your memory of a situation is the story that belongs to you. What has been meaningful…

Five Tips for Making Your Writing Matter

Five Tips for Making Your Writing Matter

I’ve got news for you–making writing matter starts with you. Feeling like you can’t get anyone to take your writing seriously? Like it doesn’t matter, even? My coaching client Yvonne wrote this, “I can’t get to the pages you wanted me to write, I can’t even get to the other things in my life.” I…

When Unremarkable is a Good Thing

When Unremarkable is a Good Thing

My family has been staring down rare disease, arming ourselves against the regular onslaught of bad news for a long time. When you’re hit with a rare disease diagnosis…. When rare disease invites itself into your house and won’t leave… When your notion of normal becomes permanently tinged with a “but”… you live differently, more…

Illusion Busting-It Doesn't Have To Be So Difficult

Illusion Busting-It Doesn't Have To Be So Difficult

What’s your excuse today? Come on…I know you’ve got one. We all have excuses that scaffold our illusions about writing. It Doesn’t Have to Be So Difficult… No, Ma’am. You know the lines–“how do I start”, “why would I bother”, “who would read it anyway” and “I should be doing something else.”  These and more…

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