A blog for nonfiction book authors
When I was eleven years old, still flat-chested and shaggy-haired, I wrote my father a note explaining in painstaking detail the hurt I felt over some favoritism he’d shown my younger sister. The specific incident is lost to memory, but I remember writing and rewriting that note several times until […]
I don’t know about you, but I’m not always very calm these days. Yesterday, I put in a frantic call to my financial planner. Last week, I ordered 24 bars of chocolate. This morning, the mere thought of cleaning my office made me want to crack open a bottle […]
The last two weeks I’ve been avoiding my piano, and two nights ago, after a particularly frustrating night of practice, I realized why.
Whenever I’d sit down to play—or, more accurately, clonk my way through the beginner’s book—I’d find myself confronting patterns of behavior that have plagued me my entire life.
Prepare for a hard truth: We’re pretty bad at most things when we first try them.
This article, published in the New York Times Smarter Living newsletter, holds important lessons for memoirists and other nonfiction book authors. Namely, that writing—even if you’re passionately drawn to it, takes a lot of work, […]