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November 19 Activity: Memoir Writers Need to be Memoir Readers

November 19 Activity: Memoir Writers Need to be Memoir Readers

Every writer should be a reader. I find it astounding to learn that someone who is writing a book is comfortable saying s/he is not a reader. In the same way that, if you wanted to play a sport or an instrument, you would want to observe how master practitioners of a sport or of a musical instrument do so. In the same way, I find it unacceptable that someone who is writing a memoir would not want to be reading a memoir as s/he writes.

Action step

1. Today, select a memoir from a bookstore or library that covers the same topic—or some of the same—as the memoir you are writing. For instance, if you are writing about healing from an illness, select a memoir written by somebody who has healed from an illness. Begin reading today and continue reading every day henceforward until you are finished the memoir. Let it inspire and inform you.

2. Is there a time of day when it is easier for you to read in than another time of day? Select that time for when you will read. For some people finding time to read is not difficult. Others, however, find that they are very busy and reading will require scheduling. If this is you, schedule wisely.

3. Remember it’s an assignment—so you can’t put it off. Now go enjoy your reading.

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