The Takeaway: If you’ve ever struggled to write about difficult periods of your life, Melanie Brooks’ “Writing Hard Stories” can provide guidance, solace and inspiration. The book features interviews with well-known authors who have published at least one memoir, and digs just as deeply into their emotional process as it does their writing process. […]

Earlier this month, my partner and I began organizing our garage, a task that for us is part interior design and part archaeological dig. While she and I know for the most part what we’ll find when we sort, unpack and arrange our belongings, every once in awhile we uncover a delightful surprise and it’s […]

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay.) At about this time last year, I published a guide to getting family history projects done by the holidays. I wrote it because it was the post I needed to read back when I was struggling to finish videos, audio programs and written reminisces in time for my own family’s holiday […]

Photo courtesy of Pixabay. It’s been quite a while since I posted a roundup of podcasts and this is the first time I’ve focused upon personal and family history programs. But there’s a vast trove of audio to enjoy if you like hearing life stories, and here are some of the best programs I’ve discovered […]

The take-away: If you have ever wondered what the “right” motivation might be to write about yourself, or if you’re wondering why so many successful writers try their hand at memoir, Why We Write About Ourselves will provide some answers, as well as leave you with more questions about why people publish in this most […]

It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! Earlier this week, I launched the first in what will be a series of helpful guides for creating a personal or family history project, a short PDF report entitled “How to Tell Your Tale.” Subtitled “10 Questions Answered to Help You Pick the Perfect Format For Your Family History […]

Photo courtesy of Caro Wallis via Flickr. Over the past few years, I’ve shared a lot with you here on the Listen Closely Productions blog … Podcasts to fill your earbuds, samples of what family history projects can look and sound like, and extensive how-to posts that walked you step by step through the process […]