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Easy Ways to Begin Your Personal History

by Memoir Mentor on January 25, 2011

The thought of sitting down at my computer and writing my entire life story from birth-to-now makes me want to take a nap. It’s not that I don’t think writing a personal history is important: You know I do. It’s my current raison d’être, after all. Nevertheless, I would NEVER counsel anyone to approach personal […]


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 […]