Pandemic Writing

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Traveling in a time of COVID. Seriously

“You know what I regret?” my wife, Alison, asked me a few weeks ago. She was in full sales pitch mode, knowing that her target customer (me) would be skeptical of buying. And she was about to go for the Hail Mary. “We didn’t go when we had the chance, and I’ve regretted that ever since,” she said. Alison was laying out the case for a dramatic change in our lives and the lives of our three children. We’ve been...

Research is the inspiration

I can sense my writing coach cringing already. About two years ago when I started working with her, she pointed out that one of the reasons I struggled to finish writing my memoir manuscript was because of insecurity. Specifically — I felt compelled to research more. I struggled to consider myself an expert on the people and the lives I was portraying in my story. Stop it, was her advice. Keep going. You know your own story best. She’s right....

Try and write a manuscript again

I used say I was a writer without a story, and then, the story found me. That was back in 2012, when I learned an astonishing family secret that would change the lives of so many. It launched a two-year journey, a deep dive into challenging the truths my family thought it knew, upending legends and unestablished facts that would change how we saw ourselves. And during that time, I lived a story. I tried to write a book about...