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Why write your life story?

When I was in my twenties, my mother handed me a copy of our family tree that dated back to 1648 when my ancestors came from France to settle in an area known as “Acadie,” now Nova Scotia. “That’s nice,” I replied and put the papers away in a drawer.

In a move some twenty years later, I came across the yellowed sheets held together by a rusty staple. Looking at the names and tracing the path down to my own name, I now longed to know more about the people whose births, marriages and deaths were listed before me. Unfortunately, by that time, all those who held pieces of our family story were long gone. I missed my opportunity. My ancestors’ stories died with them.

Since then I’ve devoted much time and effort to helping others avoid the mistake I made, assisting them in preserving their stories for themselves and their families.

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Finish My Book in 90 Days

Finish My Book in 90 Days will transform your wonderful experiences and knowledge into stories people will enjoy reading.

Get Started—Write My Story

Jump into writing your life story with this helpful program that teaches you how to organize your material, define the story you want to tell, identify useful writing tools, and more.

Write A Great Story—First Sentence to Last

Regardless of what you’re writing–a memory, a family history, a memoir, a collection of stories, a book of any kind–you want your text to be the absolute best it can be.

Writing People and Places

Learn how to make the people in your life as vivid on the page as they are in your memories and paint pictures of key places in your life.

Writing Detail and Description

The easiest way to improve your writing tenfold rests in using detail and description. Add another dimension to your writing and give your readers a complete experience.

Style, Grammar, Punctuation, and More

Turn your story from an idea to something people will enjoy reading without tripping over your grammatical faux pas.

Instruction on Demand

What if there were an inexpensive, convenient, and quick way to receive instruction on exactly what you need to learn? Would you be interested? Then Instruction On Demand may be your answer.

Edit Like an Expert

Purchase the complete Edit Like an Expert video program and receive all the videos included in Editing 101, Content Editing, Copyediting and Proofreading, Electronic Editing Tools, and Make Your Writing Shine.

Make Your Writing Shine

Don’t let your grammar and punctuation fears slow you down or stop you from sharing your wonderful stories.

Electronic Editing

Discover various software packages designed to help root out overused words and phrases, identify improperly used words, pinpoint missing words, call attention to the overuse of adverbs and clichés.

Copyediting and Proofreading

From capitalization to punctuation, the overly versatile comma to troublesome words, grammar mishaps wreck our stories all too often. Let me help eliminate those problem areas.

Content Editing

You’ve done the work of writing. Now what? This program answers that big question. You learn about the different types of editing and what tools you need to begin.

Editing 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about editing but were afraid to ask. Editing 101 lays the groundwork for good editing practices and answers some of the questions that plague writers.

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Writing Prompts

Scrollmates: The Connection between Readers and Writers
Scrollmates: The Connection between Readers and Writers

This Week's Writing Prompt “To me, as a reader, the greatest thing about the novel is that it gives access to the mind of the writer.”[1]  What a thought! This quote by author Jane Smiley articulates afresh why I love the written word. As a writer, I spend a lot of energy putting thoughts, emotions, and memories onto the page.…

The Freedom to Write
The Freedom to Write

This Week's Writing Prompt Every Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of our country and all of its accompanying freedoms. We have many ways to experience and exercise our freedom. Writing is one. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley, author of Some Luck, shared her reaction to a note in a friend’s office one day: "Over her desk, above her…

A Room with a View
A Room with a View

This Week's Writing Prompt Imagine the home you lived in as a child. If you had more than one residence as a child, pick one of the houses where you lived. You can close your eyes for this exercise if you’d like. See yourself walking through the door you usually entered. Then make your way through the house to your…