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    Writing What You Know

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    The great writer, Flannery O'Connor, said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. She's right, of course. But how do you get to that material? And how to choose which story to write first, which truth to tell, and in which order do you write those tales?
    If you are blogging, journaling, scrapbooking or scribbling notes about your life, you are writing memoir. I will help you dig among your stuff and get your story written in interesting, enlightening, readable and possibly sale-able ways.
    Along the way you will be amazed to learn what all memoirists discover--that writing what you know is the single greatest portal to self discovery.
    Let's go.

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  • In our recent additions to the journal, we have some great examples of how to open a piece. In fact, it was the question about what to ... more
  • Hi, all. It seems only the journal aspect of this group is working right now, so I will not use the broadcasts until I'm sure you all ... more
  • Hi, all. It seems my broadcasts to the group are not going through. I have been trying to update you on why we had a slight ... more
  • Look at the bounty of what we have going on here. It’s wonderful. I congratulate all of you for finding your voices, and putting ... more

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    The God of Is-Real O Lord, people are saying, You are just a prophet or just an allegory tail, they also say they are not worried or concerned about going to hell. Some say “there’s no God” and that I worship You in vain, they say if You were real, You would answer when they call Your name. Lord, I know You are real because only You can make it rain and thunder, but why others can’t see this is what makes me wonder? “Behold, whoever asks anything in My name is not asking in vain, to give man a sign was one of the reasons I came. All the things I did, I told man to write them in a book, but unless a man is born again, he cannot see a sign even when he looks. I showed man one sign when I walked on the sea, but many of them still doubted and did not believe in Me. There was once a man named Nicodemus who came to Me in the night, he could not see the Kingdom of Heaven though it stood right before his sight. Some people honor Me with their lips, but not with their hearts, they are just as blind as Nicodemus was when he came to Me in the dark. The Kingdom is like the wind because you cannot see where it goes, but the wind can be felt whenever it blows. O ye of little faith, even if I gave another sign this very hour, they still would not believe in the Holy Spirit’s power. Can man make the color of the sky? Or can he make the clouds that pass by? Can man make the birds and bees? Or can he make the flowers, grass or trees? Can man hold up the sun and cause it to burn? Or hold the earth in his hand and make it turn? Can he speak a word and make rain fall from the sky? Man cannot do these things no matter how hard he tries. Furthermore, I make the blind see and the sick healed, and by faith My people know that I Am real!” Job 38-39, Matthew 15:30-31; 16:4-19, Mark 6:49, John 5:24-27, 14:13-14, II Corinthians 5:7 Tim Gillam

    April 16, 2012
    1:49 PM
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    My birthday was July 20th. Being a part of the winners is a really nice birthday gift. Thank You. ~~~~~ : - )

    July 23, 2010
    12:14 PM
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    Hi, Michael Welcome to the group. We are very glad to have you here. What a good topic: how to end pieces. I'll assign myself that topic in an upcoming journal discussion. Please come back soon. -Marion

    July 20, 2010
    1:43 PM
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    I'm new, and I've already read enough to know that I can pick up from the beginning at any time. I'm a screenwriter, and I fully agree with the group description. I have hundreds of stories inside based more or less loosely on my past. Unfortunately, I have difficulty deciding which to focus on. I'm a great starter and not such a good finisher. I'm also an actor and am taking a monologues class that I just started. I structure my stories based on Dara Mark's book Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. It is remarkable for any story writer, even those of you who aren't screenwriters. Enough of an introduction for now. ~~ Michael John Gabriel (my film industry name)

    July 10, 2010
    10:27 PM
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