• Writing

    Playing the Writing Life Like a Game of UNO

    What I love about the game UNO is just when you think you’ve lost, the momentum changes and things start to look up. The same could be said of the writing life. Just when you’re about to give up, you can’t because you never know what’s about to happen. Take my summer. It was a weird one. After spending the spring querying and entering contests and submitting to publications, I had meager results. I had a few manuscript requests from…

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    William Zinsser Makes Memoir Writing Easy

    Writing About Your Life Book, William Zinsser Makes Memoir Writing Easy, Karen Hugg, The Cultivated Life, https://karenhugg.com/2013/03/21/william-zinsser #WilliamZinsser #WritingAboutYourLife #memoir #writing #nonfiction

    Last year in preparing to write my memoir about adopting three kids from Poland, I checked out five books from the library. They were all on how to write nonfiction. I’d written and published a few short memoir pieces before, but I was unsure how to approach a full-length memoir. Unfortunately, these books didn’t teach me what I was looking for. They had lots of good advice on technique and how valid my story was. But I wasn’t looking for…