Don't Let Writer's Block Stop You

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At one time or other, every writer faces "writer's block." For some, this will doom them to a tedious halt. It may even bring a deadly blow to the manuscript. For others, writer's block is temporary and they push through, producing a manuscript that's better than the one they had originally conceived. In this book, you'll learn techniques and practices to get going again. More

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About Denis Ledoux


I believe in the power of telling our personal and family stories. These are our hero's journeys, and by telling them we honor ourselves and the people we have come from. An important early task for the writer is go inside and find the story that is worth telling. The story is not about "nice" words; it is about honest words, visceral words.


Stories have always played an important role in my life. I grew up in a three-generation home with paternal grandparents who lived upstairs. I heard tales of my extended family and their history recounted by the family storyteller, my grandmother Ledoux. These stories were a food for my soul. I could not get enough of them, and her gift to me was that she was a voluble, entertaining storyteller.

I began writing as a short-story writer, drawing on family characters, settings, and stories for my fiction. In 1989, I won the Maine Fiction Award for Mountain Dance & Other Stories. My other titles include What Became of Them and Other Stories from Franco-America (1988), and Lives in Translation: An Anthology of Contemporary Franco-American Writings (which I edited in 1990). In 1992, I published (and it is still in print) Turning Memories Into Memoirs / A Handbook for Writing Lifestories; in 1996, The Photo Scribe / How to Tell the Stories Behind Your Photos; in 2009, The Consumer's Guide to Ghostwriting, in 2013, a memoir—We Were Not Spoiled. E-publication includes the books listed here in Smashwords as well as others.


It was a natural leap from my own family stories to helping others to record their stories in well-written accounts that apply all the techniques of fiction writing to autobiography, family reminiscence, and scrapbooking.

In 1996, I was honored as Lifewriting Professional of the Year by the Association of Personal Historians.


Today, I continue to work as a writer, educator, teacher, autobiography co-author, memoir-writing coach, editor and publisher. I direct The Memoir Network, an international group of lifestory writing teachers who use my method and materials to lead the popular Turning Memories® and Photo Scribe® workshops and programs.

My Memoir Network offers Memoir Professional Packages for individuals wishing to do what we call memoir work in their communities. [] Please inquire if you are interested in becoming a Memoir Professional.


You will find a number of my memoir-writing e-books on Smashwords. Begin to purchase them now so as to develop your memoir-writing library. These are the best memoir-writing books available anywhere at any price.


If you need more than these great books, give me call at 207-353-5454 for a free consultation to determine whether coaching, editing, or ghostwriting is a good fit for you.

Keep writing and stay in the memoir conversation.

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Review by: Christine Sass on April 19, 2013 :
Fantastic book. Full of wonderful tips to get me moving!
Thank you.
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Review by: Libby Frie on April 18, 2013 :
What a blessing this book is going to be to me. I often find myself thinking, "What do I write next?" Well, this book is full of tips to move on from being blocked and even better on how to avoid getting into a block to begin with. This is a book written by a writer for writers.
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Review by: Arthur Louis on April 18, 2013 :
While I don't often get blocked in my writing process, I have found here a number of useful unblocking exercises as well as tips on how and why blocks can occur and suggestions for working through them. Anyone with a block should read this one.
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Review by: Alexa Harrelson on April 16, 2013 : (no rating)
This book is very encouraging. It makes me want to stop and write. I agree with what is said and learned some new techniques. thanks!
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