Monthly Archives: January 2015

Striving for Perfection While Learning to be Imperfect

Last week I was delighted to find the printed proof copy of my manuscript in the mail. When I cracked open the heavy duty cardboard packaging to reveal the book version, without the cover art, unfortunately, I was thrilled. What I didn’t expect was the anxious feeling that accompanied the excitement. This is it. This is the book. This is what I have been working for over the past three years. As I flipped through the pages, pausing to look at the pictures, the headers, the fleurons, and the fonts Read more [...]

Start Writing a Family Memoir

You’ve heard it before: everyone has a story.  I believe it’s true.  Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to share their past with family members or is willing to write their memories down for future generations.  What a lost opportunity.  A family memoir is a chance to capture a moment in history that is both important to an individual, his or her family members, and often others outside the family circle. It only requires a storyteller and a willing listener. What makes a family Read more [...]

Why Early Readers Matter

One of the most difficult things to do when you are learning to be a writer is to let go of your work and send it into the wide world. You are so uncertain about your writing, but know you need readers to improve it. You require a cheerleader in your corner, someone who will make you feel like the hours you spent tapping at the keyboard and delving into research was worth all of the time, energy, and tears. You need the teacher who will lead you down the right path and then push you to move ahead Read more [...]