Emotion, Passion, Sex Sizzle

lynn-the-story-woman-caricature

~Spring sale on Give the Gift of Story guide book~ EMOTION and PASSION are the big buzz words lately. And hasn't SEX been selling since time began? So what's new?   Those three words, emotion, passion, and sex are battered about everywhere I turn from writers' conferences to blogging tips and to all aspects of media and human conversation. I‘m not quite sure why all the buzz at the moment.  It's not as though emotion, passion, and sex in writing or just plain living one's life are new feelings, ideas, or actions, but they have landed front and center once again. The daughters (and now sons) who are writing bio-vignettes for TellTale Souls are doing so through the passion of their souls, and emotion is alive in every sentence they put down.  I you haven't done it, you can still imagine how capturing the essence of your mother's character in a story to keep her spirit alive, as no photograph could ever do, must come from deep within. But you say, "I don't have what

[Read More]

Writers Pitch Your Book

The 2009 San Francisco Writers Conference begins just one week from today. It's a terrific three days of stimulating interaction with the literary community. I'll be there pitching my book of bio-vignettes, TellTale Souls: Keeping Spirits Alive One Story at a Time.  Wish me luck! And I hope to meet you there... The Sixth San Francisco Writers Conference 'Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows' February 13 - 15, 2009 Key Conference Features  Friday, Saturday, Sunday workshops, panels and other sessions The 2009 SFWC Anthology: More Bridges (published by iUniverse/AuthorSolutions!) Ask a Pro (formerly Speed Dating For Editors) - Asking questions of and pitching books to New York and California editors Speed Dating for Agents - Pitching books one-on-one to New York and California agents ($50 option) Pitch contests, Open mic readings, Gala party, networking opps galore Our San Francisco Writers Conference Writing Contest Attendees can receive free feedback on their work

[Read More]

WHAT’S A BIO-VIGNETTE?

I'll tell you what "bio-vignette" means to me and what my extensive search for it turned up. When I began to teach people how to capture the character of their mothers', I wanted them to tell a short story about "her" that in the telling would give the listener a good idea who this woman is, at her core, by illuminating an anecdote or moments in time on paper.  I asked people to reveal the essence of "her" character in a short and sudden memoir, where "she" is the main attraction. This brings us to memoir, a record, chronicle, or account of a person's life?  According to Inkspell: Memoir is a piece of autobiographical writing, usually shorter in nature than a comprehensive autobiography. The memoir, especially as it is being used in publishing today, often tries to capture certain highlights or meaningful moments in one's past, often including a contemplation of the meaning of that event at the time of the writing of the memoir. The memoir may be more emotional and concerned

[Read More]

Writers, Gotta follow this link…

lynn-in-plane-caricature

Short and sweet - my blog today. I stumbled upon a sweet site in the wee hours of this new day, and it is a winner. But Copyblogger spells trouble.  Be careful, you can get lost in it for hours exploring, gleaning, and learning. If you ever put pencil to paper or finger tips on keyboard, this is a site chock full of irresistible information. I love giving you the link to this site, especially after posting Seven Resolutions, yesterday. Feels like good follow-up. Let me know what you think.

[Read More]

Seven Resolutions for Writers

Yesterday, at the California Writers Club, we had the good fortune to hear Kevin Smokler, founder of BookTour.com - Where Authors and Audiences Meet, give us industry news, predictions of drastic change in the literary community, and seven reasons to keep on keepin' on. The following is the gist of Kevin's presentation.  To put it mildly, it wasn't easy to sell books last year, but at least there was a sense that Rome was not burning around our ears. Publishers Weekly is calling this (2009) "the worst year for publishing in decades." And the prediction for aspiring writers and authors is just as dire. There is a steady reliance by publishers on blockbusters. Either you have a name and a track record, or forget it. Big names like Amy Tan, Isabel Allende, John Grisham, and J. K. Rowling will have to write a book a month to please the publishers!  While the book business, in general, is facing considerable challenge, and aspiring writers are feeling unseen, unheard, unsung,

[Read More]

Five Reasons to Write Mother Memoir

1. Honor someone other than ourselves. Isn't it time to go beyond today's cult of self-absorption by chronicling the spirit of others?  2. Keep our mothers' spirits alive. There is nothing like paying tribute to a loved one with a simple written record. A photograph captures a look at best, whereas a bio-vignette captures character and spirit.  3. Discover the secrets of women from different walks of life. Possibilities for embracing life unfold before us when we read true stories about mothers different from our own. It compels compassion, understanding, and unity.  4. Create catharsis. The outcome of writing a short, true story about one's mother results in emotional or psychological healing, when the relationship between the mother and daughter/son was sometimes difficult or rocky.  5. Become richer from the experience of actually writing a bio-vignette. Those of us who have embarked on this journey reach the other side more thoughtful, more knowing, and more

[Read More]

Learn to Write Mini “Mother Memoirs”

Inspiring Mini “Mother Memoir” Online Writing Class Now Once again, that stimulating question, “If you could tell just one story capturing your mother’s character to keep her spirit alive, what would it be?”  If you need help answering this provocative question, sign up for my next 5-week online inspirational memoir writing class by going to my Classes page. Next class begins Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Register by February 2nd. Learn how to turn just one memory of your mother into an unforgettable story. Learn to capture the character of your mother in story as no photograph could ever do. ·         Learn by immersing yourself in the story woman™ memoir writing method that I’ve developed over the past decade. If you’re anyone who’s ever had a mother - read on . . . By portraying the essence of her character in a short, distinct memoir, you’ll learn and earn the joy of Keeping Her Spirit Alive. And “mother” can be any woman who

[Read More]