January 20th, 2009

Want to a write a memoir?

Even just writing about your life for yourself can be enlightening. Abigail Thomas, who wrote the wonderful A Three Dog Life (about her life with her brain damaged husband), has a book out now called Thinking About Memoir .

Here are some ideas from it. Write two pages of:
Something you can’t deny.
What got left behind.
Something you wrote or did that you no longer understand.
Apologizing for something you didn’t do.
Physical characteristic you are proud to have inherited or passed on.
What you had to have.
Humiliating exposure.
A time when you felt compassion unexpectedly.
What you have too much of.
When you knew you were in trouble.

Read more here.



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Adding it up

Last night, when I couldn't sleep, I realized I am crazy. Because I'm basically working on five books:

- A funny middle grade co-written with a friend.
- A YA thriller that will come out in 2010 (the editorial letter is due this week).
- An adult mystery that will come out in 2010 (the editoral letter is due in early Feb.).
- An outline for a third adult mystery that will come out in 2011.
- The Girl in the Mini Cooper, a YA thriller I am writing on spec.

Multiple personality disorder, here I come!



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