Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Snippet: Invite readers into your story


Welcome to new followers here and on Facebook:
Bella, Wayne, and Jennifer!

Several of you have blogs and I’m really enjoying getting acquainted. Because you have rich inspiration to share, do us a favor: Leave a comment below with a link to your blog. We have a great "scribe tribe" going on here!

Now for our Saturday Snippet:

Barrington continues: “… these acts of memory will serve you well. They… push your story deeper, pull your reader closer, and lift the heart of the story out of obscurity into a sensory world that you and your readers can inhabit together.” (Judith Barrington, Writing the Memoir)

Revise your rough drafts by adding sensory details: sights, sounds, tastes, feels, and smells. Doing so invites readers into your story with you.

Take joy in writing your stories!


  1. I hear some of you are having no success in leaving a comment. If so, e-mail me at and PLEASE PUT SPIRITUAL MEMOIRS IN THE SUBJECT LINE. Otherwise it will look like spam.



  2. Really enjoy reading your blog ideas, Linda. Thanks! Here's a link to my blog:

  3. Thanks, Victoria, for letting other people know of your blog. I'm enjoying following you on it and encourage others to do so, as well.

    Hope you're having a nice weekend.


  4. Wayne left his comment on last week's Saturday Snippet, but I copied and pasted it here because I want the others to be sure to see it:

    Wayne Groner has left a new comment on your post "Saturday Snippet":

    I appreciate the comments by women memoirists. Are there some men memoirists following you, Linda, besides me? I know the most important thing about memoirs is good storytelling, whether by men or women, and I applaud your effort to keep your blog gender neutral. How about in your classes; many men? I wrote about this topic in my latest post at Next week Linda Joy Myers, founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, gives her take on my blog regarding gender and memoirists.

  5. Wayne, thanks for sharing a link to your blog with us. I hope others will check it out because it's got lots of good info for writers.

    Another man is following the blog as a Google follower, Katinga (not his real name, but I know him personally), and I can think of at least one man following on Facebook. I'll have to double check on that.

    As for past in-person classes, yes, men have participated in my classes, but usually I teach them in a church, and some churches ... ummm .... frown on women teaching men, so on two occasions, men have been asked not to attend.

    Men write well and have important stories to tell, so let's see if we can get more men involved here!


  6. Check out Patricia's blog, too! She left her link on Facebook:

    She, too, has lots of writing resources.

    Thanks, Patricia

  7. Linda,
    Thank you for these tips. I am new to writing and often feel at the end of my work that it lacks something. I am going to copy this post to keep with me.
    I so appreciate also the comments you leave on my blog, my kindred heart :)

  8. Hi, Shanda, I suspect you are right: we have some kindred heart things going on. I can identify with something you said today on your blog -- my husband constantly discovers me writing, too. But what fun writing is, right?!

    Thanks for stopping by, Shanda.


  9. Thank you Linda, I enjoy reading your blog. Here is my blog address:

    Greetings from Turkey

  10. These links are great! Reading other people's memoirs is a great exercise. Thanks for providing the helpful tips, too!

    My blog is (Memories and Musings from Mexico). Now I want to go back and edit earlier posts adding more sensory descriptions.