Whether you build it yourself or hire a designer, your website can do more than bring you into the 21st century—it can be an invaluable part of your marketing arsenal.
by Linda Formichelli
Isabel Allende found a release for her grief in the form of a memoir written to her departed daughter.
by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
Read Chapter 2, Opening Scenes: An Overview from Hooked
NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.
by Chris Baty
Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel.
If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct....
In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.
The biographer’s task can be overwhelming. Here’s how one biographer learned to breathe new life into her subject.
by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
"This is not joy. This is not pleasure. Writing is work, and the most difficult work is inhabiting someone who is not you."
Tips from Frank McCourt, Mimi Schwartz and others on how to look at your story, how to make it significant.
"I frankly think that whenever a form looks exhausted, that's exactly the point at which you should swoop in and pry it apart and see what makes it tick."
Writing about personal experiences presents special challenges. Here''s one of several tips from Bill Roorbach, author of Writing Life Stories: "Vague references hurt your writing. Find uses of recently, and references to generic objects and anonymous people, then get specific. When did it happen? What year and model was that car? Uncover the...
Writing a memoir can be a challenging experience. Writer''s Digest offers some helpful suggestions to make the process a little easier.
Augusten Burroughs wrote through his life as an abandoned child, high school dropout and alcoholicand somehow found sanity, sobriety and success along the way.
It takes a lot more than writing your heart on the page to sell a book. Here are three lessons in perseverance one writer learned the hard way.
An interesting life and excellent writing are key to a compelling memoir. Learn the elements that will help make your story stand out from the rest of the pack.
Capture your family stories in writing using these eight tips.
by Susan Carol Hauser, author of You Can Write a Memoir
It's the extraordinary story that interests readers. But it's how you present it that hooks them.
The authors of two explosive memoirs talk about the fears that held them backand why they wrote their books anyway. Could telling your own story be the corrective you need, too?
Telling your life story is big business these days. Edrienne L. Kittredge shares seven tips for deciding whether the skeleton in your closet needs to be shared with the world.
Creative exercises to keep your writing sharp, exerpted from Writing Creative Nonfiction.