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In September I had the great honor of interviewing Mary Karr, whose claim to fame is this little feat of having penned three best-selling memoirs(!). Karr’s new book isThe Art of Memoir, and reading it is like having a front row seat to one of her exclusive graduate seminars, which you’ll never get into in real life because they’re so…

Good novel and memoir writing hinges on scenes. Scenes are the building blocks of good story, and practiced storytellers know that a book is a series of scenes with strong transitions connecting one to the next. My colleague Linda Joy Myers, President of theNational Association of Memoir Writers, equates the scenes of a book to the pearls on a necklace.…

Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good? Good enough? Worthwhile? If readers will like it? If readers will care? Part of what makes writing…

I'm doing a three-day giveaway of my book, What's Your Book?, on Kindle starting tomorrow, Friday, January 11, through Sunday, January 13. I want each and every one of you to download it and enjoy it, but I also want to write a little bit here about KDP Select and how I'm doing this promo, with the goal that each…

The desire to write is a strong pull. Anyone who’s written a book or is currently writing a book knows intimately the power writing can wield over us. As much as we want it and love it, our writing can start to feel like a “should,” and a little bit like a spurned lover when we’re not giving it our…

I couldn't be happier to be reporting, on my due date, that my book is with the copyeditor. Hurray! What's Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author will be available this August.

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