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Damp Squib

Some finales are a bit rubbish, aren’t they. I never watched Game Of Thrones but I know some people really had the hump about it.

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Take Your Time

Now I want to talk about why it can be good, and by good, I mean resulting in a more authentic memoir and healing creative experience, if you take your time writing the thing.

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Your Perfect Writing Space

Assuming you might be trying mine and James Clear’s advice (and attaching your writing habits to other habits you already have) what about where we write? Is the space in which you write important to you?

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Making time to write our memoirs

So when I say that I hear, “I’m going to make time,” or “I must make time,” it’s not that I don’t believe people. I do and I do everything in my power to encourage them. But what isn’t true, is that we can make time.

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The Lost Bookmark

Sometime over Christmas, my husband and I watched the multi-award-winning psychological drama The Lost Daughter. If you’ve seen it, you know. If you haven’t, I urge you to watch it. It is spellbinding.

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Taking care while writing memoir

Last weekend I led a Voice in Memoir workshop at Faversham Literary Festival. It was, as always, wonderful to be in the company of people who are curious about memoir.

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Writing is not a McDonald’s hamburger

“…those experiences, memories, feelings, are in us, but you can’t carry them out on paper whole the way a cook brings out a pizza from the oven.”

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Mandy Allwood and Me

On Friday, February 4, I was sad to read the news that Mandy Allwood had died and would be cremated with no mourners.

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A lot of thought goes into where we start our memoirs.

Some authors start at the beginning with what they know of their birth. Others with what they know of their ancestors. Many people open with a life-changing, amusing or shocking moment to draw their readers in.

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Memoir – My Takeaways of 2021

It’s coming to the end of the year, when I start to feel even more reflective than usual. So I thought I’d have a look at my list of current authors and the courses I teach and see what has been learned, or what wisdom has been reinforced, this year. If you’re writing memoir, or considering it, there’s a nugget, or two, for you here I’m sure!

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