When you see images from books you read as a child, or read to your own kids when they were small, you may experience a particular kind of nostalgia. Here's a beautiful book for grown-ups that can do that for you...
Dear Diary Day (Sept. 22) ought to be every day, especially for writers. Get the habit of making notes in a journal, whether for your future self, or to enrich your next writing project. All you need is an open mind and a seductive notebook at hand.
There are several good reasons to write out a brief narrative essay that expresses something we'd like to be remembered by. Whether it's to be used as a eulogy or shared with close family or the world, the experience itself is eye-opening.
Got an aging parent or in-law who's a narcissist? They're arrogant, have a sense of entitlement, are always ready to instill guilt, they insist rules don't apply to them, and they fly into a rage if challenged. There's help for you.
You know we all have to die, right? If you're willing to learn what happens afterward, whether in traditional burials or the more sensible cremation industry, you will enjoy this memoir of a quirky writer who worked for several years in the American funeral industry.
A good writer, who is also a mom with young kids, goes native in the weird tribe of primates who make their home in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She comes out alive, with a new book—and a fancy handbag.
You know those times when you aren't in the mood to write, but you want to get in the mood? Read some of these honest and insightful quotes from good writers to help ease your own transition into the headiness of a creative flow state.
My soon-to-be-ex-husband said in a therapy session, “I’m not blaming. I’m just explaining what she did wrong.” If only we’d both had copies of the new book Blamestorming with its wealth of help for conversations going wrong.
Before I hired a book doctor or would take the idea seriously, two or three interested agents had to urge me to get editing help. A new guidebook answers some of the many questions I had about paying for such help.
If you’ve ever spent a minute at a racetrack’s betting window, you’ll recognize the excitement of this accomplished thriller. Even if you haven’t, you’ll find yourself caring for the two main characters who share their journey seeking justice from a capricious world.
I’m not much into one-night stands, nor, for some of the same reasons, short stories. They don’t satisfy my craving to lose myself for an extended period of time in a new world. Still, the occasional short story manages to prove itself memorable...
“That hurts!” “No, it doesn’t.” “Yes, it does!” Who’s right? Depends on your social world and when in history you’re talking about pain. Pain’s history is fascinating, full of prejudice, ignorance, and misguided efforts at relief.
Books about famed writers, or collections of conversations with them, are always seductive to writers. How open will this famous person be? What heretofore hidden thoughts or behaviors are going to be revealed?
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think their lives are too ordinary to fill a book, and those who understand that any life, carefully observed, can be the subject of a compelling memoir. Before you get too excited, learn more about the process.
It’s great fun to create a new world of your own design. Even better for novelists is to discover–during writing and even after publication—how the little details of their creation dovetail in ways they hadn’t imagined.
Whether you spread out these intriguing mystery thrillers over several nights, or watch each series straight through, I believe you’ll be as happily engrossed as I was. Their psychological depth only adds to the fun.