Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Questions to Get You Started

Sample Writing Exercise Topics:

List your most vivid memories. Pick one and expand upon it.

Were you ever in an accident?

What major life lesson have you learned?

Did someone ever save your life or you save theirs?

Were you ever afraid of something? How did you deal with it?

Do you know how to make something? Describe it.

Write a silly or serious rhyming poem for a loved one’s birthday present.

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done (or wish you had done)?

Describe one of the happiest times in your life.

Describe one of the saddest times in your life.

What is the best birthday present and/or surprise you ever received?

Your favorite holiday is…because?

Your favorite place is?

Describe something you did when you were little.

Who had the biggest influence on you?

Name an extremely challenging experience you faced.

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

Name a time of extreme danger.
Consider sharing some of your answers in my open mic nights for writers!
Lisa Saunders

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Books by Lisa Saunders with image, summary, review...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

How to Twitter
Why Twitter?

If you want others to follow your latest thoughts/news

If you want to follow breaking news from your favorite organization or person like:, Oprah, whitehouse, CDCemergency, Reuters_TopNews,
It’s free

You don’t have to be someone’s friend to see what they’re up to and visa versa.


Go To:
Click on: Get Started—Join!
Full name: (can have spaces in it-people will see it)
Username: How you want people to see you
Type in those security words
Click on: Create my account

Tabs in upper right:
Home: Where you can type your updates and read others.
Profile: Lists all your updates—this is what people see when deciding if they want to follow you
Find People: Provides ways for you to invite by email, find on Twitter, on other networks. If you still can’t find someone, try clicking into “search” at the bottom which allows you to do a more advanced search on a person or topic.
Settings: Has your info about who you are.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Researching, Writing and Publishing YOUR Family History

Researching Your Family History:

Free online sites that you can access from home:

The National Archives:

The Library of Congress:

U.S. Army Military History Institute

Ellis Island:'s List is a huge index to every genealogy site online. Those that aren't in this index will be soon. It is so all-inclusive that it can be intimidating to first-time visitors. But if you think that a certain piece of information can be found online, using Cyndi's List can give you its address, and a click on its name can take you directly to the site. Cyndi is the queen of indexes for online researchers.

Visit your local libary's website. and click into databases. Then click on the History/Genealogy button. The link to my Suffern Database History/Genealogy:
In Rockland County library databases, I found several databases in including:
Ancestry Plus - AncestryPlus is the most comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research available.
HeritageQuest - Represents the most comprehensive collection of genealogical information available anywhere. (INCLUDES Census records, books, historical articles, Revolutionary War pension records, and records for African Americans)
Proquest Obituaries - You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as The New York Times (dating back to 1851).

To learn how to publish:

To learn about my memoirs and historical work, visit my website at

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Writing from your life

Most of my published works are based on my life experiences or on the experiences of my ancestors. Your story is valuable and should be shared too. On my blog you'll find important tips on how to write a personal experience story/memoir/family history and get it published. You are also welcome to send your true short story by clicking on "comment" below.
If you would like to see samples of my published work, visit
or click into the following: Are you my publisher.doc
OurPatriots-HenryGale.pdf (A Revolutionary War veteran is sentenced to hang for his leadership role in Shay's Rebellion. Published in the March/April 08 issue of American Spirit)

Children Sentinel Ride A Horse.doc (First chapter of my children's novel, "Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator"). You can see my novel on
Letters Behind Ever True.doc (Battlefield Journal and Outlook). My non-fiction book, EVER TRUE: A Union Private and His Wife, is based on my great-great grandparents' Civil War letters. See on my Web site at

My second published story: