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When it comes to writing true stories, the key to creativity lies in granting ourselves permission, finding that spark of inspiration, and surrendering to our voice and deeper purpose.

Here on our blog, you can tap into our writers’ own experiences with each of these elements. Watch our author chats and read Q&A’s via the Meet Our Memoirists thread. Learn about our personal struggles and points of intrigue over at the Craft Column. Find out what works and ideas drive our curiosity via the Soapbox Series, and get your own questions about the writing life and process answered via our Heart Speak writing advice column.

As memoirists, our art lies in writing our lives down onto pages, and here in this space, we look forward to sharing our insights with you.

Doubt by Any Other Name: Thoughts on Impostor Syndrome

Doubt by Any Other Name: Thoughts on Impostor Syndrome

Even if almost 70% of people experience Imposter Syndrome in their lifetimes, in the midst of it everything seems lonely and echoing. You are convinced that somehow everything before you is a lie or at best a half-truth. You begin to believe that someone has done you a favor, that you are a charity case, that maybe the person meant to be there had a similar name. Each of these things does your talents and accomplishments a disservice. Nothing in this syndrome gives you room to understand that there are reasons you have walked through these doors. It partners with anxiety and perfectionism and will not let you speak up or out. It is cruel and it is very real.

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Heart Speak, The Writing Advice Column # 3: Mining the Gap Between Traumatic Memories and Your Memoir

Heart Speak, The Writing Advice Column # 3: Mining the Gap Between Traumatic Memories and Your Memoir

Revisiting traumatic memories can amp up the nervous system or take us out of our bodies. Mindfulness meditation is an excellent self-care practice that strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system (the part that calms you down). Mindfulness can return your focus to the body and the visceral details you’re looking for while also helping you gauge whether activities are productive or distressing. If you haven’t already done so, begin a mindfulness practice.

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