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How to plot a book-length memoir

As with any narrative, I get writers to think about the tension that forms the backbone of the story. This tension just about always describes a conflicted relationship. That might involve the narrator and one person. EG in my memoir, The Lost Woman, the conflicted relationship is between my mother and me. In Kate Richards’ […] Read more…

Thought work in writing fiction

My writer friend Jenny gave me the tough talk while I was staying on her farm last week. “You’re a literary writer, Sydney,” she said., “Look at your FB posts. They’re literary!”   I’ve been trying for some years to write commercial fiction. I read a lot of crime and thrillers. After growing up in […] Read more…

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