12 Secrets at the Soul of Writing Memoir Well – Yours Free

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I gave away free copies last weekend of the Kindle version of my award-winning guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.  I hope you got yours! That felt good, so now I'm happy to give you the Secrets at the Soul of Writing Mother Memoir, once again, free for the taking.  But with a added bonus. Follow me... For a long time now my secrets to writing well included 10 Secrets. Last fall I added the 11th Secret. Today I’m adding Secret No. 12: Secret No. 12, INNERSEARCH : Search inside yourself for memories and their meaning. Use Innersearch to go deep inside the realm of your subconscious mind. Let go the outside world and open yourself up to a new awareness. The next two paragraphs, which define what I call Innersearch, are taken directly from my book. Reading the book, however, is the only way to master this technique. Innersearch begins as a conscious, truth seeking effort into the

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Dog Water Free: A Mother-Son Memoir of Consequence

Michael Jay Dog Water Free 2013

TellTale Souls tap emotional memory when writing Mother Memoir, as they discover intimate truths deep within their first relationship—of this you’re well aware. In the same spirit, new author Michael Jay will touch you as he reveals how one mother’s son, Mikee, taps emotional memory in a innocently powerful way. Read on… Meet Joe Black visits The Wonder Years in the true story of DOG WATER FREE, a coming-of-age saga that delivers on its promise. It’s a tale about hope and faith and a young mother’s love that fosters an improbable journey to find emotional truth. It chronicles an adventure by a boy named Mikee that lands a dumbstruck orphan from the unlikely side of Detroit front and center before England’s Queen, America’s Maestro and the first non-Italian Pontiff in more than 400 years.  I’m pleased to welcome debut author Michael Jay to share a few insights about his mom and about how his journey begins. It’s the era of MadMen.  *   *   *  

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Discover What The Red Ledger Holds in TellTale Souls’ Bio-Vignette No. 8

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Yes!  It’s story time on The Story Woman Blog, enjoy another story excerpt from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.  This story begins on page 81 of Act Two in the section entitled “Trusting the Message and the Messenger.” You can easily find the stories I’ve posted from the book by searching “Bio-Vignette No.” TellTale Soul Marie, the messenger of the story below, tells us about growing up with an untrustworthy, self-centered, and jealous mother who did not have her daughter’s best interests at heart. Although Marie found she could not trust her mother, she learned to trust herself. Through writing her bio-vignette, Marie came to realize she had never truly owned or given adult perspective to her emotional responses regarding her mother’s actions toward her. Marie chose not to add a photo. The Red Ledger           by Marie Wells Hers was a jaunty step like

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Dynamic Memoir Writing Workshop “Keeping Spirits Alive”

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 “KEEPING SPIRITS ALIVE”    The Memoir Writing Workshop with Award-Winning author Lynn Cook Henriksen When:  Saturday, February 2, 2013 • 9 a.m. to Noon Where:  St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere, CA         Email lynn(at)telltalesouls.com to reserve your place• $35         Who is she—your mother—deep down inside? How will she be remembered? Why does it matter? Lynn Henriksen invites you start writing from the beginning by embracing a special kind of memoir where you’ll capture the character and spirit of the woman who gave you life, as only you can.            On this journey of discovery you’ll find your unique voice, while moving a memory gem into memoir through intriguing prompts, guided activities, partner sharing, and feedback. Find out how truth, emotional memory, and imagination merge with all ‘six’ of your senses to awaken insight and understanding, and why you won’t let HER simply slip away. Lynn has

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Spirited Woman Directory 2013 – TellTale Souls’ Gift to You

Spirited Woman Directory 2013

(Just released: Listen tomorrow to Clearstory Radio-Nashville as host River Jordan interviews me on how TellTale Souls "Give the Gift of Story.") I was invited to take part in the 2013 Spirited Woman Directory.  "It is a gem of creativity, talent, wisdom, information, stories, listings, and resources."  The directory includes 75 uniquely spirited and soulful women—you can find little ol’ me, Lynn Cook Henriksen, on page 99. To be inspired and learn more about "Every Woman Visionaries, click here for your gift copy: The Spirited Woman Directory 2013. My deep desire, for over a dozen years now, has been to guide women and men to write about a significant woman in their lives, and to help them celebrate their connection to women the world over!   It's all about "Keeping Spirits Alive" by "Giving the Gift of Story." The question I ask all daughters and sons to answer—“If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother's character and keep her

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Read Me – TELLTALE SOULS Story No. 5

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Photo contributed by Samantha: "Reading to my best friend." I'm back from a bad case of the flue, but, as promised, I'm bringing you another story excerpt from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.  It begins on page 62 of Act Two in the section entitled “Locating & Orienting.” You can easily find the stories I've posted from the book by searching "Bio-Vignette No." Pre-teen Samantha’s story brings up more memories of how precious are the simple times mothers and daughters spend together. This little TellTale Soul noticed that she had a good thing going. It’s also one of those universal stories through which mothers the world over can connect.   Read Me By Samantha Kirchhoff The last thing my mom and I used to do before I went to sleep each night was our most special time together. But to get there we went through a few stages, while I was growing up. Long

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Spirited Thanksgiving Affair for All TellTale Souls

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  It was a spirited, early Thanksgiving affair, as it turns out. Huge thanks to the TellTale Souls* who helped make last night's “Souls & Spirits” event at Books Inc—Alameda a truly memorable evening.  And sincere appreciation to the wonderful friends who showed up in support and to the folks who were drawn to it.  We all came away enthralled by the power of “Keeping Spirits Alive!” What season could be better than this to give thanks, through writing personal  Mother Memoir,  to those who mothered us through life, for the lessons that were taught, for the love and care that sustains, and for the understanding this type of writing provides when the mothering wasn’t the kind we wanted or needed? I’m thankful for the deep connections on an emotional level that I would never have felt had it not been for my asking practically everyone I've met, over the past decade, to answer this question, “If you could tell just one small story that would

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Souls & Spirits Event – Books Inc. Honors TellTale Souls

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Catching Spirits Event–Daughters & Sons Share Soulful Stories from the Award-Winning Guidebook “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir” at Books Inc, Alameda, Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Who is your MOM deep down inside? How will she be remembered? Why does it matter? Daughters and sons who pulled out all the stops on emotional memory are reading intimate stories, bio-vignettes, about their mothers on November 16, 2012, at “The Event You Can’t Download” — Books Inc., Alameda. This moving experience is a labor of love by the contributors of Lynn Cook Henriksen’s award-winning guidebook, “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit,” that has the power to move people and change awareness. Among the San Francisco Bay area contributors who will be sharing their heartfelt Mother Memoirs are Alan Rinzler, Ann Seymour, Blair Kilpatrick, Dominique Crawley, Jarvis Jones, Joyce Turley,

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Memories of La Toilette – TELLTALE SOULS Story No. 4

Leslie Sullivan and her mom, Nikki

As promised, I'm bringing you another story excerpt from my guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.  It begins on page 59 of Act Two in the section entitled “Locating & Orienting.” You can easily find the stories I've posted from the book by searching "Bio-Vignette No." Explore the interior of your childhood home or your current abode—note particular places or rooms that hold emotion. Place yourself firmly and reflectively in a room of your choice in your home by using the innersearch exercise you learned in the last section. Then WRITE one page filled with the emotional sensations that arise while linking them to the images and events from which they developed. Travel from room to room and repeat this process in each place your mind takes you. Leslie, one of the first TellTale Souls, wrote the following telling tale after exploring one busy room in her childhood home. This

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A Twenty Dollar Memory from “Back in the Day”

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“Back in the day” is a phrase commonly bounced around nowadays, even from younger people who weren’t around “back in the day.”  I think they must be absorbing the common thoughts of their parents and the community overall, who can’t fathom how the cost of simply living is escalating out of control and out of reach for too many people. Many of us remember, and it seems like yesterday, when a $20 bill did mean something. It actually bought groceries that today would tally up to a grand total of $150, easy. Okay, we might say, “It is what it is.”  What does that phrase mean? Perhaps it amounts to a giving up of sorts—nothing we can do about it since “it is what it is,” so that amounts to acceptance of  things or feelings that we don’t think we can do anything about. But what if a $20 bill you thought was there, wasn’t? The following is a deeply ingrained memory of an incident I witnessed happening to my mother.  It’s not a Mother Memoir; the Mother

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