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The Accidental Memoir: Making it Real by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
Posted by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper in , .

All writers strive to make their writing authentic. To make their dialogue, characters and situations real to the reader, believable. Memoir is real (while acknowledging that memory is fallible) so...

The Accidental Memoir: Structure by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
Posted by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper in , .

You’ve done the hard work. Written about people and places and cars and music and house-moves and jobs and relationships. You’ve edited the fragments. So, what’s the next step? Structure....

The Accidental Memoir: Starting Off by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
Posted by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper in , .

Your memoir has already been written. Now all you need to do is get the words down. Memoir is not like writing a novel or a film. We haven’t all...

Why All Authors Should Consider Doing a Blog Tour by Nick Jones
Posted by Nick Jones in .

When I published my debut children’s picture book Sarah’s Shadow in December last year, it didn’t occur to me to do a blog tour. I assumed it would be out...

Genre: Misery Lit, Anyone? (Part 2) by Shane Dunphy
Posted by Shane Dunphy in , .

A further thing that gets brought up regularly when discussing misery lit is the issue of ethics – I get asked about them a lot.  Am I not breaching confidentiality...

Genre: Misery Lit, Anyone? (Part 1) by Shane Dunphy
Posted by Shane Dunphy in , .

I was contacted by an American reader recently, who was in a state of distress.  She had posted on the Facebook page of the writer Cathy Glass.  Cathy is the...

Five Tips for Planning a Memoir by Martin Cavannagh
Posted by Martin Cavannagh in , .

Martin Cavannagh is a writer for Reedsy, a marketplace with tools that allows authors and publishers to find top editorial, design and marketing talent. Over 3,000 books have been published...

Editing Personal Diaries for Publication by Cormac K.H. O’Malley
Posted by Cormac K.H. O’Malley in , , .

There were many issues involved in publishing ‘Nobody’s Business’: The Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley which might be of interest to anyone who reads a published diary or who might...

Memoir and Memory: My Father’s Wake by Kevin Toolis
Posted by Kevin Toolis in , .

‘I’ve got a book in me too.’ For a writer it must be the most depressing sentence in the English, Irish, or any language; the casual conversation with a relative...

Writing Great Personal Essays: Really Useful Links by Ellen Brickley
Posted by Ellen Brickley in , , .

The word ‘essay’ strikes fear into many hearts, with its connotations of heavy academic papers or boring school assignments. Essays don’t need to be dull – some of the best...

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