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Dare to Share

One of the critical steps you can take as a writer is to find ways to share your work with others. Those others might be writers, they might be friends, or they might be family members. Don’t let your hard work sit in a drawer unread. Writing is meant to be read. We write down […]

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Family myths figures prominently in a memoir.

Shaping your memoir: The mythic journey of your life

You have undertaken to write the mythic journey of your life. We read memoirs for many reasons. These reasons can perhaps be summarized into two: we want to be entertained and we need to be informed. In this post on the mythic journey of your life, I want to write about the second of those […]

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Why Use Precise Language?

Many memoir writers are under the impression that you need to have an extensive vocabulary to write. An extensive vocabulary can only help you–if by “extensive” you mean many precise words, not just big ones.

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November 29: How to Write an Introduction for a Memoir

The introduction for a memoir can be pivotal. I suggest that you write an Introduction to be placed before the first chapter of your book. The Introduction lets fly a hook to get the reader caught so s/he reads on. In a bookstore, the Introduction is often what the reader peruses. Online, the sample copy […]

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November 27 Activity: Add Direct Dialog in a Memoir

There are two ways characters can speak in a story. One way is called direct dialogue. When you write: she said, open quotation how are you doing today” you are using direct dialogue. direct dialogue is characterized by quotation marks. When you use direct dialogue in a memoir, you are saying this is actually what […]

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