When writers show and tell, they do more than just flatly report on what’s happened in the narrative line of the story.
Trauma creates chaos, while writing brings new order, imposing a beginning, middle, and an end. Here are some key suggestions for how to approach writing a memoir about trauma.
How writing about trauma can benefit us — both emotionally and physically.
Answers to writers’ frequently asked questions about developmental editing.
As contemporary writers, we can still benefit tremendously by listening to the words we’ve written. In fact, reading our work aloud is an essential step in the writing process.
Writers come to workshops for a variety of reasons – support, alliance with other writers, to grouse about the business of publishing, and for critique. Is a workshop right for you?
I confess: Every morning, often before I even drink that first longed-for cup of coffee, I feel besieged by numbers. As a writer with a manuscript out with editors, and an editor trying to help other writers publish and market their books, the sheer number of numbers that have become critical to my professional life…
Though there are always matters of taste and every literary journal is different, I suspect that many editors respond to creative nonfiction queries as I do.
I was lying in bed one night next to my husband, both of us reading, when I first noticed it. “Stut,” “stut,” “stut.” Maybe I’d been hearing it for a while but it hadn’t really registered. What new sound had he learned to make with what body part? I wondered. After nearly 20 years lying…
I have to wait for inspiration to write. Only writing that comes out of a rush of inspiration is true or good. Inspiration is great but you can’t wait for it. Your best chance of being there when it happens is to set up a regular, daily writing practice. I can’t write until I figure…