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« The Shapes of Memoir | Main | What Does It Take To Be A Writer? »



Well, here's five:
What does it mean to "write your life into story"?
What specific kind of courage does a writer need?
What do you consider the most challenging part of the writing process?
How does your book differ from other books on creative writing?
If a writer could take any one piece of advice from your new book, what might that be?

Meanwhile, all my sympathies re: the home stretch of your revisions. Mine took the form of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages of Grief (see current post).


Mernitman - Thank you! Those are terrific. I'll send them off to NWL.
Our comments crossed in cyberspace. I just left one on your post. (Blog envy over those five stages!)


Everyone has a story to tell and most people think, "If I just had the time" I could do it. But what they miss is the craft part. What are the five characteristics of well-crafted writing?

So excited for you. Cant wait to get a copy. Will recommend to my students this weekend at the Japanese National Museum to look for your book in the Fall. Give our my email to publicists You go, Barbara.

Kathy Sena

Barbara, congrats! When will we be able to pre-order it on Amazon?



Loren - That's a great question. Thanks the address for the email blast.

Kathy - Thanks for asking! I just checked and yes, it can be preordered - $10.17 (list price is $14.95) According to Amazon it's available August 28th.

Linda Hunt

Dear B. How wonderful your book is being re-published more appropriately. A case of what should be, actually coming to pass. I'd love to have another copy or two of three. I hope it feels good to have it out of your hands and in Memphis getting ready to be re-born. A possible question: Is this a good hands on book for beginning writers trying their hand at memoir? Why? xx Linda


Linda - Great question, thank you! And thank you again for the book quote - which is much appreciated by my new publisher.


Dear Barbara,
I'm so thrilled about your book. I keep my copy of the first version next to my desk at all times. Because I know pretty thoroughly by now what's inside, sometimes just glancing at the cover is enought to get me started writing.
As for questions:
How is it that one small book can address the process of writing both fiction and non-fiction?
Do you think the amount of courage required to write a memoir is also necessary to write a novel?


Thank you, Denise! Great questions.


The similarities beeewtn my son and I just prompted me to write about my own inappropriate childhood in Apple Meet Tree . I hope my experience coping with the negativity in my youth can help him in similar circumstances. Read about it here and tell me what you think:

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