Jean Croker Petke

Monthly Archives: July 2014

Crying on the Road

For many adult years an image lodged in my mind that I didn’t understand. I am five years old and walking with my family down a dirt road.  My parents are walking ahead, as is my older brother.  Mother is carrying my younger brother.  They are talking amongst themselves while I fall farther and farther […]

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Changing the Image

I was going to change the beach photo on my blog site, but I’m not ready yet. I hope you don’t mind waiting a bit longer. I took the photo in 2009 on a road trip from North Carolina through Alabama and Georgia with my then 97-year-old mother.  This boardwalk made it possible for us […]

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Lesson of the Day

Last week I found a boring chapter in the middle of my manuscript. If it’s boring to me, what about the poor reader? Just because my memoir is about my life, doesn’t mean it’s inherently interesting. But, at the same time, I believe I have a story worth telling. I went to bed that night […]

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Writing Memoir

“Why,” I am often asked, “do you write memoir?” “I write memoir because I have a story to tell.  It’s not dramatic like some.  It’s a story of a rather ordinary life, where a woman loses herself in a marriage, and decides to reclaim herself.” “So it’s like an autobiography, where you write about your […]

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Naked on the Table

Writing is a solitary process.  I alone can put my butt in the chair and words on my paper (or screen).  Nothing happens unless I show up and do the work. Often that is the easy part. The hard part is laying my words on the table for others to read and critique.  For me […]

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