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5 Tips to Help You Write a Memoir about Hard Things

Today’s guest post is by Patricia Grayhall.

The box lay unopened in various closets for forty years. Then, while downsizing, I took out the journals and letters and began reading. The memories and feelings flooded back.

As I relived my personal journey in the late 1960s and ’70s—an illegal abortion, coming out as a lesbian, a woman training to become a doctor, and none approved by society—I realized that my experience has relevance beyond the personal, especially now.

But writing a memoir is as challenging as it is rewarding. Here are five lessons I learned along the way that I hope will help you when you have to write about hard things:

  1. It takes courage …

when you write about life events that have affected you deeply and may be associated with shame. A writer must face fear of humiliation and exposure. This fear was my greatest obstacle in writing about hard things and choosing to share it with the world.

However, this process of revealing our true humanity and struggle rather than the polished version of ourselves we often present on social media allows us to really connect with others. Continue Reading…

4 Marketing Tips for Nonfiction Niche Writers

Today’s guest post is a reprint from years back by Jennifer Hancock, author and speaker, who has some great insights on focusing on niche.

I published my first nonfiction book back in August 2010. My book was written for a very specific niche. Here are four things I learned about niche marketing.

1) It’s easier than selling to everyone

Like most nonfiction writers. I wrote my book to change the world. My wisdom is so amazing that the world would simply be a better place if everyone just followed my advice. The problem is that nobody knows me.

Sure, I have friends who treat me like their personal encyclopedia, asking me for advice on everything from what bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter to how to reconcile their relationship with their estranged adult children living in another country.
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10 Ways to Enhance Your Fiction Writing through Journaling

Today’s guest post is by Lisa Tener.

As a writer, you’ve probably kept a journal at some point. Maybe you still do. Our journals can provide powerful personal insights, contribute to our emotional and spiritual growth, improve our relationships, and so much more.

But are you tapping into the full potential of this process to generate ideas for your creative work?

Exploration of your ideas through the freewriting aspect of journaling can infuse fresh energy into your fiction projects, it can enable you to delve deeper into chosen topics  and resolve outstanding plot issues, choices, and challenges for your characters. Continue Reading…

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