Monthly Archives: March 2015

I’ll have a “MAC memoir”

Okay, it’s not what you’re thinking. I’m not talking about a manuscript and some rabbit food on a sesame seed bun. What I’m referring to are the basic building blocks of any good story, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. The acronym for this magic formula … Continue reading

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My memoir–my memories

Two eye-witnesses, two conflicting stories. Happens all the time. Right? Having watched endless courtroom dramas, either live or via Hollywood, we’ve all heard that witnesses often interpret what they’ve seen in different ways. Defense attorneys love it when witnesses can’t … Continue reading

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I write fiction, not memoir. Or do I?

I can’t count the number of times I’ve told folks I make stuff up for a living. Depending on who I’m talking to, I may substitute a different S-word for “stuff.” Shock value, y’know. It’s important sometimes. So how do … Continue reading

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Wait. *You’re* going to write a memoir?

Nope, not me. I only have to teach other folks how to do it. So, for now at least, no one outside the family has to worry about me exposing crazy old uncle Naboo and his peculiar approach to tending livestock. … Continue reading

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Recognition? Hey, I remember you!

I’m re-posting this from a couple years ago, mainly ’cause I’m under the gun to get my textbook finished before class starts in a couple weeks. Plus, when I posted this the first time I only had two or three … Continue reading

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Who you lookin’ at? How to write a novel–Last part

I’m close to wrapping up my series on novel writing. It’s been fun, and I’ve covered a lot of ground. That said, there’s always something else I could add. For now I’m going to dig into a topic I missed along the way, … Continue reading

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Literally? Seriously?

It occurs to me that many of the people I used to work with–computer programmers for the most part–were very literal thinkers. They didn’t endeavor to be assholes, but they often managed the role without much effort. (Some of them were … Continue reading

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