Cognitive Connection, September 3: Writing for Your Life

Cognitive Connection. Thinking. Image courtesy of stock.xchng®If you’re lucky, you’ve already shut off the laptop and jumped into your long weekend. If you’re me, you’re racing to a deadline and already have a packed Tuesday waiting for you. I thought copywriting projects would pick up after the Labor Day holiday. Well, I’m here to say I was very wrong. It’s been a busy summer in general and the last few weeks have been a little over the top. I’m not complaining, though. I love that I get to work with words all day, every day.

Enjoy your weekend and don’t miss these four great posts.


  • PowellsBooks.Blog Kristin Hersh: The Interview What memoirist wouldn’t appreciate this description of his or her book? “Though it takes as its setting a particular year in an unusual life, Rat Girl is an incredibly moving and universal coming-of-age story that could change the way you encounter the world.” Okay, yes, Kristin Hersh is famous (she founded the band Throwing Muses), but this interview is interesting for us less-known folks, too.
  • There Are No Rules Make the Most of Your Memory: 10 Tips for Writing About Your Life This guest post by Stacey Dubois (a writer and a cognitive psychologist) offers tips she’s developed to help writers make the most of the memory for writing. Memoirists, here’s another one for you. I’ve also added Stacey’s blog to my Google Reader, so it’s possible you’ll see me sharing more from her.
  • The Urban Muse Guest Post: Adapting Your Blog into a Book This guest post by Lilit Marcus, author of Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace and founder of the blog by the same name, offers insight into how she turned her blog into a book. I’m also including this here for another reason: it’s a great example of using guest posts to promote a newly published book.
  • The Writer’s [Inner] Journey The 5-Question [Author+Therapist] Interview: Rachel Ballon I’m a big fan of The Writer’s [Inner] Journey and have linked to many of Meredith’s fascinating interviews with writers about their creative process. This interview with author and therapist Rachel Ballon may be the most interesting yet. Why? “The therapist, author and coach helps us explore the eternal question: Do you want to be a ‘writer’ or do you want to write?”




Your turn. Any opinions, blog posts or articles on writing and/or freelancing you’d like to share? Post away in the comments below. Thanks!