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The Good, The Bad, The Platform

10 Tips on Platform Building for New Writers Having the ability to write a book is not nearly as challenging as promoting and selling your book. Sadly, what most new authors find out the hard way is that you have to do the hard work as there is no promise that your literary agent or…

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Being a memoir writer is a humbling experience. Imagine putting yourself out there on display for everyone to see all the things you’ve hidden away from the world. But you do it, because someone out there can grow from your story and your experiences. However, there are all kinds of other parts of my life…

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The Heavy Price We Pay for Secrets

 “We all have secrets. The truths we can’t face. The wounds too painful to examine. We tuck them inside a box and promise ourselves that later, when we’re strong enough, we’ll open the box.” Marcie Keithley Secrets. We all have them. Tucked away quietly on a shelf that we choose to ignore. Sometimes they find…

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Another Shoebox Effect

How Writing Healed Me & How It Can Heal You Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and the information in this post is for reference based on my own experiences. If you’re dealing with feelings of depression and grief, please reach out to a professional for help. “Memoir is not self-indulgent, but a roadmap…

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Lessons from a Memoir Writer

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie There’s something amazingly refreshing about the turn of the year. For some, it offers an opportunity to reset the clock. Some things we try to do better,…

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Memoir Writing & Our Christmas Ghosts

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.”  ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This past week has not been an easy one for me. I’ve had more than my fair share of trials in life but, like many of…

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Public Speaking Hacks

Public Speaking Hacks That Won’t Make You Throw Up There are few things that are less nerve-racking than standing up in front of an audience for the first time. I remember that day rather well. I was thirteen at the time giving a speech on Corydon and the Constitutional Elm in my junior high auditorium…

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