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Unlock the secrets of your life. Memoir writing can be a process of personal healing or it can be a way to illustrate something important for your reader. Either way this group is a place to share technique, experience, ideas and information. We all have a story to tell. Perhaps yours is a place where you can mine for writer's gold. 

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How to write memoir without saying" then I did this" or "then this happened" dialogue...

Started by Linda Rose. Last reply by Lynn Marie Foy Oct 17, 2015. 4 Replies

When I read back what I've written so far, I want to scream! Its about expereince's I've had, a life story, but reads like "then this happened, and that happened... I hate it.What can do to make it…Continue

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Comment by Tammy Thomas on August 8, 2015 at 8:13am

Deirdre Mullane of Mullane Literary (http://www.mullaneliterary.com/) has agreed to take a look at my book proposal plus sample chapter. She is a literary agent who sometimes helps authors make their book proposal shine before submitting. Fortunately, she is already familiar with my story and said she would be "delighted" to take a look. I'm coming in on the lengthy side at 53 pages before any sample chapters are added. I'll keep you all posted!

Comment by Tammy Thomas on August 6, 2015 at 7:55pm

JD, I must say the review peeks my interest! But is the punctuation correct in the sentence "The first is in a cemetery..."? Maybe it's my eyes. Just looking out for you.

Comment by Tammy Thomas on August 6, 2015 at 2:58pm

Makes sense to charge a nominal fee. From her response, it sounded like she wanted to review the entire manuscript and wouldn't be able to critique my book proposal. But, at least now we know!

Comment by Tammy Thomas on August 6, 2015 at 10:04am

JD, Fran charges $75 for the critique via snail mail. It's worth paying someone with credentials, I just don't have a solid idea if this is what I"m looking for.

Comment by Tammy Thomas on August 5, 2015 at 5:06pm

Thank you! Even though my fingers are crossed, I don't expect to hit a grand slam on my first try. I'll keep you posted.

Comment by Tammy Thomas on August 5, 2015 at 5:01pm

Thanks, JD! I've emailed Fran with my fingers crossed.

Comment by Tammy Thomas on August 5, 2015 at 3:45pm

There seems to be no shortage of offerings out there to review submission materials. Where is the best place to find a quality critique of my sample chapters and book proposal without breaking the bank?  

Comment by Linda Rose on June 30, 2015 at 10:02am

In the process of writing more details in my memoir novel. The basic outline is complete but it sounds to " and then I"    so need help with this part. Maybe get into the nitty bitty of what happened adding more detailed information. Any advice as to how to stop this "and then this happened" then I did this dialogue.....

 

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