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"Your life is not a problem to be solved but a gift to be opened." ~ Wayne Muller

A Brief Guide to Kick-Starting Your Memoir: #1 Remembering Details

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#1 Remembering the Details

Of all the writing projects out there I think memoir has to be one of the most challenging.

Here’s why:

1. We have to remember everything we’ve ever done, with all the details (or so we think.)

2. We have to figure out what makes our life so interesting that others will want to read about it.

3. We don’t know where to begin!

4. We have to re-live those memories we would rather forget (ah, yes—the pain of memoir.)

5. We have to deal with all the people who will be really upset when we talk about them publicly.

Over the next month I’ll talk about each of these barriers—these things that keep us in procrastination mode—and how you can overcome them, beginning this week with remembering the details of our story.« Continue »

Why Expressive Writing is Worth the Challenge

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Like most writers I struggle with writers block from time to time. Just yesterday I sat at my desk from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm and only managed to eek out 300 words.

That’s right: 6 hours, 300 words.

I wasn’t pleased.

You may have been there too, in that place where the words won’t come and the harder you try to get something down on paper the more blocked and panicked you feel.

On reflection I should have just gone for a walk and cleared my head, done something different or turned my attention to another writing project. But I have a deadline looming, and I always meet deadlines.

But the problem wasn’t the deadline. The problem was the type of article I was trying to write.

Once a month I write for She Loves Magazine—a place where a global community shares stories of faith, loss, pain, joy and living dangerously. It’s a site where people are real and I’m proud to be a part of it. But that monthly article is the most challenging of all my writing projects, because I have to dig deep. I have to look at my life and the condition of my heart and I have to paint a colourful and vulnerable picture of what that looks like. It’s the soul writing I continually talk about here on this site. It’s everything I teach, and I know how challenging it is to do.« Continue »

Here’s the Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Been Given

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Have you ever noticed how certain pieces of advice always seem to stick, whilst others trickle through and out our minds with little or no impact? I’ve been writing for many years now and there’s no shortage of writing advice out there, but there are only a few words that have stuck with me over […]

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How Blogging Has Made Me A Better Writer

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I never set out to be a blogger. In fact, were you to ask me over steaming cup of tea if I’m a blogger, I’d probably hem and haw, unable to answer a simple yes to your even simpler question. I’m a blogger who writes, I’d probably say to you. When I first left the traditional […]

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