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The Greatest Benefits of Public Speaking as a Writer

“If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.” – Gerald R. Ford As a writer, there may come a point when you’re going to have to speak or at least…

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5 Steps to Take After Experiencing Pet Loss

“Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” – Amy Sedaris After 11 years, I lost my German Shepherd last week. As you may know, my story The Shoebox Effect starts off with the night I found my…

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Friends, Familia and Facebook, Oh Mamma Mia!

Just How Much Has Social Media Affected Our Lives? “It’s a small world after all.” – The Sherman Brothers for Walt Disney “ Social media has really done something special that couldn’t be done when I was growing up. Nowadays, all you have to do is search a person’s name online. Almost instantly, results come…

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It’s the Little Things

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh The Simple Things in Life Part of my memoir writing journey has been about self-discovery and the healing process. The events that lead me to write The Shoebox Effect were big ones.  However, what I found when I was reminiscing…

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How to Give Yourself the Do Over You Deserve

“In case you never get a second chance: don’t be afraid!” “And what if you do get a second chance?” “You take it!” C. JoyBell C. We’ve all been there. Maybe it is that lost love, the one that got away. It could be that opportunity you walked by. Not taking a chance due to…

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What Type of Memoir Writer Are You?

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”  -Aristotle Recently, I wrote about 5 Memoirs You Must Read in 2019. While each one of these books means something important to me, I wanted to do a special blog post today. As a writer I know all about the hard work and long hours that go…

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The Writing Road Less Taken

My Personal Journey Through the Writing and Publishing Process Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost Ask any author what they think about the publishing process and they will all tell you the same thing. Writing is…

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10 Soul Searching Writing Prompts for Memoir Writers

I was originally going to write about how you could begin writing your own memoir. I may circle back and write some helpful tips in the future. However, it occurred to me that for most people, the hardest part is getting started. While life gives all of us numerous events and moments that we can…

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The Power of a Dog & a Shoebox

All you need is a dog and a shoebox and you can change your world. Marcie Keithley True statement. Although ten years ago if you told me that, I would have flashed you a look of sheer amazement. Sort of like you’re doing now, right? Just what am I talking about? Well, if you read…

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5 Memoirs You MUST Read in 2019

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  – Stephen King Anyone who’s ever studied the art of writing knows that to be a good writer, you have to be a great reader. And, on that point, to be the best writer at…

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