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Are You Still a Two-Space Holdout? Better Get with It!

by Memoir Mentor on January 18, 2011

Most of my students learned to type on typewriters long before computer keyboards were developed. High school typing classes taught us to space twice between sentences. There is a reason for this: typewriters use monospace type, with every letter occupying the same amount of horizontal space. As a result, monotype text has an uneven look […]


What Every Writer Needs…

by Memoir Mentor on September 26, 2010

If you’re discouraged about distractions that keep you from your writing, you may find some inspiration in Mary McNamara’s article, “A Working Mother’s Guide to Writing a Novel,” that appeared in today’s Los Angeles Times. McNamara is both a television and movie critic. When I see her byline in the paper, I always read what […]


Having the Courage to Write with Emotional Honesty

by Memoir Mentor on September 21, 2010

I just finished reading Mary Karr’s Lit, a memoir I admire as much as The Liars Club, her earlier bestselling memoir. Her latest book chronicles her descent into alcohol addiction and then shows how good friends help her cast aside her life-long atheism to embrace a faith that turns her life around. The book is […]