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Viga Boland

Viga Boland is the author of 4 memoirs. She mentors memoir and creative writing groups for the Hamilton, Ontario Public Library. She is also a paid speaker at conferences on child sexual abuse. Viga blogs and podcasts from her site at MEMOIRABILIA, from her personal author's website, VIGA BOLAND, and on her latest site for writers of all genres, VIANVI.

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8 Responses

  1. Gulara says:

    Great advice, Viga, and inspiring to see how you applied it to your own writing. A real masterclass.

    • Viga Boland says:

      Thanks Gulara. I don’t know if I so much “applied it to my writing” as I recognized it as how I’ve always been writing and should feel good about my approach. That said, of course, we must always strive to do it better each time. Nothing changes that aspect.

  2. Heather Lamb says:

    Another great post Viga. James Altucher has some great thoughts. And I believe these observations are very true. I am trying to write a fiction now as well, and I am modeling my characters after real people in my life. They are experiencing the same things I have experienced. Just need to find my “crazy” thing!!

    • Viga Boland says:

      Glad you liked it Heather and thanks for commenting. I just love everything James Altucher says about so many things. He has a wonderful way of writing too. And talk about prolific. I wish I could spew out blog posts like he does. What a mind! Keep writing Heather. I count you amongst a handful of truly talented writers I’ve watched blossoming under my mentorship. Can’t wait till the day I can promote your book on Memoirabilia.

  3. Marilyne says:

    That is sooooo true Viga! It does make a lot of sense that having a deep “emotional anchor” can be the establishment for a good book irregardless of fancy words! Thank you for sharing!

    • Viga Boland says:

      Thanks Marilyne..not just for your comment here but your ongoing support of all my blogs and posts on all my sites and Facebook. Makes me less like a voice crying in the jungle of writers LOL

  4. Joan Grant Lohe says:

    What a keen observation, I never looked into how to write, I just wrote, not very good I am sure, but such a joy to me. My emotional anchor is to my true love and my wonderful life , nothing tragic there, just joy and I had to express my feelings in print, sort of a way of pinching myself into realizing it I was blessed.