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  • What is the Voice of Your Inner Critic–Nasty or Nice?

    What is the Voice of Your Inner Critic–Nasty or Nice?

      When we talk about our inner critic, do we understand where it comes from? Or do we assume that it comes with being born into the world? So many writers and artists talk about their inner critic, which I find helpful in normalizing that inner, irritating voice of...

  • Memoir Writing Is Not an Act of War

    Memoir Writing Is Not an Act of War

    Find your voice, write it all out. Don't hold back. Break out of your silence. Tell it like it was and if it was ugly, tell it true. It will hurt for a while, but then it will feel better. It has already been hurting you for too long, but first you get all that stuff out...

  • The Joy of Journaling

    The Joy of Journaling

      As you can see in the photo, I have years of journals to draw from as I write my new memoir about transformation in the 60s and 70s! When I wrote Don’t Call Me Mother, I didn’t use journals, as most of what I had to write about happened long before I...

  • What Memoirists Worry About

    What Memoirists Worry About

    Memoirists know that writing a memoir can be fraught with all kinds of doubts and silencing, from "I’m not that great a writer" to "what will the family say?" We worry about how much to put in, whether to frame scenes with dialogue or not, or if we should name the people...

  • The Fathers We Adopt | The Music Man

    The Fathers We Adopt | The Music Man

      It’s an old story really, the girl who’s missing a father. Either he’s dead, or drunk, or doesn’t care. Or perhaps the parents are divorced and he’s gone or banished. Perhaps he’s an angry man, or neglectful. Hopefully he’s...

  • The Music Man

    The Music Man

    The day in 4th grade begins as usual: the pledge of allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer, a round of spelling. Melodious music wafts into the room. Then a tall, willowy man enters, bright red hair tumbling over his forehead, a violin tucked under his chin. He dips and sways, his...

  • Writing a Memoir: Balancing Craft and Vulnerability on Your Journey to “The End”

    Writing a Memoir: Balancing Craft and Vulnerability on Your Journey to “The End”

      I’ve often said jokingly to my students, “Writing a memoir is like taking your clothes off in public.” True, but it doesn’t go far enough. It’s like taking your clothes off and reading your journal in public. You’re vulnerable when...

  • Courage to Tell the Untold Stories of Mothers and Daughters

    Courage to Tell the Untold Stories of Mothers and Daughters

      A few years ago, actually it was quite a long time ago come to think of it, as I watched the movie about Ghandi, I realized the root of the word “courage” was “coeur,” which means heart in French. I saw the movie on the airplane on the way to...

  • Joy Castro Interview–on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir

    Joy Castro Interview–on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir

    Joy Castro Interview--on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir--Interview with Linda Joy Myers and Joy Castro about writing truth in memoir--and dealing with the consequences with family and friends. Part of National Association of Memoir Writers series on memoir...

  • The Writing Olympics

    The Writing Olympics

    I felt an aha as I watched skaters lift and soar and skiers fly. As writers we create an alternate world beyond our day to day existence, imaginative spaces where something called Story lives and breathes and takes us away from gravity into another realm. Where magic...