Funny Flash Memoir is Found in the Best Dating Profiles

a loving couple representing an opportunity to write flash memoir

“If you’re a doe-eyed, raven-haired beauty with ninja skills, who speaks five languages and saves the world in her spare time, you should probably move on, but if you’re an accountant who wouldn’t mind taking care of a couple bookkeeping issues when I fall behind, I’d cherish you like a queen.” So begins the online … Read more Funny Flash Memoir is Found in the Best Dating Profiles

Perfection is Deadly, but Forbidden Confessions Enliven Memoir

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Here we go again with the never-ending sequence of blogs about Megyn Kelly’s memoir, Settle for More. (see this one and that one) I promise this will be the last, but I have to comment on the mistake of subtracting the drama from memoir. I read the last third of the book and found to … Read more Perfection is Deadly, but Forbidden Confessions Enliven Memoir

Making Up Dialogue in Memoir

I thought today I’d address an issue students and memoir ghostwriting clients ask me about often: the use of made-up dialogue in memoir. (This is part of a blogging series on memoir tips) I’ve had people look askance at me when I pitch an interesting book as a memoir. Yeah. They think a memoir is, … Read more Making Up Dialogue in Memoir

Do The Research!

book and magnifying glass

Whether I’m ghostwriting your memoir or you are writing a memoir yourself, it’s important to have a pretty comprehensive understanding of the events on the periphery of your life. Some memoir ghostwriting clients will talk about aspects of the world they didn’t understand at the time and simply conclude: I still don’t really get it! … Read more Do The Research!

Politics Matter: Include them in your Memoir

map of US with pins in it

Let’s talk today about political memoirs. When your story is inextricably tied to the political events going on where you live–for instance if you grew up in wartime–your memoir is unavoidably political. Even if you don’t want to put forth any particular opinion about these events, you can’t avoid talking about how these events shaped … Read more Politics Matter: Include them in your Memoir

Reading, Writing, Talking, Listening: What’s it all for?

Statistics show that according to a survey done in the 1950s, and again recently, people had four confidantes apiece back then, and now people have less than one. Which is interesting because facebook culture likes to give the impression we’re all wallowing in pools of friends everywhere we go. We all know it’s BS, but here finally is a study that, if you believe its results, proves it.

Fact is, it’s a lonely world. We all need someone to talk to, and we don’t all have that someone. And if this statistic is true, it’s particularly sad, because one hopes one’s spouse will be a confidante, but apparently that isn’t always true. It makes me wonder–is it harder for people to talk nowadays? Or is it harder to listen? People travel more and have access to so many more people and communities, you might think they would be able to find like-minded folks more easily, but apparently not, which is a really scary fact when you think about it, and really relevant to writers and ghostwriters.

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Ruby Peru