Category Archives: Improving Your Writing

Why They’re Called First Drafts

Nothing can rightly be called a first unless there is a second. First grade implies second grade; first class implies second class; first book implies… Continue reading

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But Is It a Memoir?

It’s an interesting book, very well-written in terms of style and organization, but my nagging doubt is that it is autobiographical fiction and not memoir… Continue reading

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Dare to Share

One of the critical steps you can take as a writer is to find ways to share your work with others. Those others might be writers, they might be friends, or they might be family members. Don’t let your hard work sit in a drawer unread. Writing is meant to be read. We write down words hoping… Continue reading

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Writing Interesting and Effective Dialog

Dialog allows the reader to hear the voice of the character. It is an opportunity to use regionalisms and particularities of speech. Even to write in pauses if that was typical of the person. “Ain’t much wrong with it,” my grandfather would say… Continue reading

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Don’t Describe Your Characters–Show Them!

The old adage “Show your story rather than tell it!” is as true as ever. It is one technique that will always improve your writing… Continue reading

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Why They’re Called First Drafts

Nothing can rightly be called a first unless there is a second. First grade implies second grade; first class implies second class; first book implies (we hope) second book. That is why… Continue reading

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Linger with Your Story — It’s a good habit to develop.

Many and perhaps most people write too fast. I don’t mean that they end up with a text characterized by sloppy handwriting and spelling problems. No, what I mean is that they… Continue reading

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Rework Your Story to Get More Show and Less Tell

There are ways to rework your stories so that you can minimize “telling” and maximize “showing.” The biggest “telling” offense is perhaps… Continue reading

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Five Tips Michelle Obama Needs to Know Before Writing Her Memoirs

When Michelle Obama sits down to write her memoirs what ought she to do to make the writing interesting? Hint: fame and power in themselves are not enough to intrigue a reader. Continue reading

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5 Better Ways to Describe The People in Your Memoir 

Without other people, our lives and our memoirs risk becoming dull. Although ideas are pivotal for many individuals, relationships are even more commanding. We are intrigued… Continue reading

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