Category Archives: Memoir

How to drive readers away. Cover fails…

Good covers help sell books; bad ones almost never do. I say “almost” because you might find a cover are so utterly awful, amateurish or dumb that you’re tempted to buy it to see if the writing is just as bad. This is like hitting your … Continue reading

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Saving your family’s words of wisdom

I touched on this topic a couple years back, but it bears repeating, especially for those working on a memoir. For many of us, there are precious words of wisdom tucked away in our memories. Odd and typically quirky, these folksy … Continue reading

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The Great Skippy Peanut Butter Factory Massacre

For too many memoir writers, the task is about recounting a life and nothing more. What these folks miss is the opportunity to share life lessons from a more mature perspective. I’m not talking about Monday morning quarterbacking. There’s a … Continue reading

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Sometimes…

…you’ve just gotta resist temptation. And most especially if you’re writing a memoir. Trouble is, there are several temptations which often crop up during the writing of a memoir, and in almost every case, caving to any of them will … Continue reading

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Damn the skeletons! Open the closet.

One might be tempted to think that only readers find surprises in a memoir. But if the writer incorporates some genealogical research, he or she is just as likely to stumble onto little-known, if not completely forgotten, family lore. I’d be … Continue reading

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Land of the Midday Moon

Wait. “Midday moon?“ Yep. It remains the land of the midnight sun, but I like this alternative story much better, especially since I experienced it. A little background: Seems there’s a little town in Alaska called Ferry, population 32, although that could easily have … Continue reading

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An Exercise in Square Peg Cramming

We just returned from a wonderful trip to and through Alaska. Just thinking about all the postcard-perfect scenes we saw leaves me in absolute awe. I suppose I knew, somewhere deep inside, that such vistas existed. I’d just never seen … Continue reading

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