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Writing about Bullies and Boors: Part 1

Writing about Bullies and Boors: Part 1

Writing about bullies doesn’t come easily. We want to put that behind us. We wonder, “Who wants to read that?”

Probably most people.

Whenever we get together and share memories and stories, encounters with belligerence, arrogance, or outright bullying invariably come up. It’s always a compelling story.

Our listeners commiserate. They respond with their own stories. This happens when we write too. When more…

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When to Use Fiction to Tell True Stories

When to Use Fiction to Tell True Stories

How do you communicate your story without having to tell it? One way is to use fiction to tell true stories. Writers often use this tool when they (or their editors) feel that real life fails to produce great literature. (Julie Schumacher’s Turning Real Life into Fiction explains some of these quandaries.)
Beyond Literary Devices: When to Use Fiction to Tell more…

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A Typical Day Can Be an Extraordinary Tool

A Typical Day Can Be an Extraordinary Tool

Your story does not have to be extraordinary to be worthy of the written word. In fact, memorializing a typical day can be the key to connecting with loved ones.

I remember my younger son’s fourth grade teacher pulling me aside to describe my son’s “spacy” behavior. “Welcome to my world,” I told her. Although I sympathized with her, a part more…

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When Strong Family Roots Don't Produce a Pretty Tree

When Strong Family Roots Don't Produce a Pretty Tree

A strong family root system doesn’t always lead to a pretty tree.

It happens in nature too. Take my backyard willow tree for example. Its root system supposedly can spread over an acre. Despite its ability to efficiently retrieve nutrients and water from the soil, its limbs break off in every storm.

When that happens in families, it’s downright scary. There are more…

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Anti-bucket List: Not Just Dislikes, Dashed Hopes & Forsaken Dreams

Anti-bucket List: Not Just Dislikes, Dashed Hopes & Forsaken Dreams

Without question, our hopes and dreams tell a lot about us. Shouldn’t an anti-bucket list do the same thing?

On the other hand, why write about the negatives when you can focus on the positives?

An anti-bucket list isn’t just a litany of things you don’t like or dreams you’ve given up on. It’s a chance to explain what makes you tick, more…

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Family 4th of July Traditions

Family 4th of July Traditions

In my project for this month’s blog hop, I’ve tried to highlight my families 4th of July traditions. Welcome to my Treasure Chest of Memories blog. It’s all about preserving and sharing personal and family stories, whether you’re scrapbooking, writing, journaling, or augmenting your family tree. If you’re coming from The Crafty Neighbor, you’re in the right place.
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I'm passionate about telling stories and connecting with others. I came by that passion honestly; my grandmother, Hazel Crymes, wrote throughout her life. However, Grandma wrote in secret; I believe in sharing. Read more....
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Memories of Me ~ A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life (Cedar Fort's Plain Sight imprint) On Sale Now! Read more...

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