Writers' Roundup

July 3, 2009

Little by little, my travel memoir is coming together. I’ve got a big (self-imposed) deadline coming up: I’m trying to finish the first 2/3 of the book — that’s 10 chapters — by Aug. 1.

As I connect with more writers of memoir on Twitter, I’m thinking of organizing a #memoirchat. Let me know if you’re interested.

A few links I found helpful this week:

  • Writer Ami Spencer asks, Are your writing goals SMART? Part I and Part II.
  • The author of First Draft Secrets suggests using placeholders to mark gaps you'll return to in later revisions. This hit a chord with me — I’m queen of the placeholder! When I can’t think of the right word or don’t feel up to describing a place, I write BLAH BLAH BLAH and come back to it later. Yup, literally, I write BLAH BLAH BLAH. It’s all over my first drafts. It sounds like this might actually be normal!

Happy Fourth of July weekend!

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