In this article two primary aspects will be considered: Why the genre of ‘Biographical Fiction’ exists and How to go about structuring a manuscript for this genre. To set the matter in context: By very definition the content of autobiographical, biographical and memoir books must be entirely truthful and based upon real people, events and facts. For … More Biographical Fiction
Over the years, authors have often commented upon: How hard they find it to finish a book or series; How reluctant they are to leave the characters they have created; How it feels like the end of a life experience, if not of life itself, to finally complete their manuscripts. Reading such comments some may … More Saying Goodbye to Characters – The Challenges
After a longer than expected period of inactivity, it is intended, hoped, to recompense regular updates in the coming week (commencing 9 October 2017). Author related: book writing; publishing; technical; etc. articles and posts on Tuesdays. Reader orientated: articles; reviews; interviews; etc. on Fridays. Apologies are extended to regular readers of, and visitors to, the … More Reactivation
When first setting out to write a memoir, autobiography or biography many authors face the challenge of whether to use actual names or not. This discussion will primarily focus upon the stories of every-day people rather than famous; infamous or well-known personalities. The latter will be touched upon later. Why the concern? The … More Names in Memoirs
‘The condition of being unable to create a piece of written work because something in your mind prevents you from doing it.’ (Cambridge Dictionary) ‘The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.’ (Oxford Dictionary) ‘A usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to … More Writer’s Block
Though the following is primarily intended for authors most will apply to all walks-of-life and professions. In modern society ‘stress’ is a much used word; some may consider it overused. Nevertheless, it is a recognised psychological/medical condition that a majority will suffer or have suffered with at some stage in their life. The following is … More Stress and Creativity
From time to time, everyone should, needs, to evaluate or re-evaluate their life. It may simply be a matter of confirming they are where they want to be or it may be a matter of making decisions for altering the future. Whichever it is, to effectively identify their existing position, they will need to consider … More Priorities – Values
What is Metadata? ‘Data about data.’ (Unknown) ‘A set of data that describes and gives information about other data.’ (Unknown) ‘An underlying definition or description.’ (Unknown) The word ‘meta’ comes from the Greek for ‘after’ ‘beyond’ but in this context is used to mean ‘about’. Metadata, in one form or another, has always existed though … More Metadata
As stated on the home page and in the various banners one purpose of this website, though not the only, is ‘To help readers find interesting and enjoyable books’. To this end book reviews are frequently posted. Though these cross a variety of genre the majority fall within memoir, biography or autobiography. Some surveys have … More Why Memoirs?
Though the debate regarding whether it is correct to enter one or two spaces after a full stop/period appears to have abated, it remains a relevant topic. Perhaps even more so because an increasing amount of retired people have taken to public writing. Also, as explained further down, the subject has an impact upon the … More One or two spaces?