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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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Don’t Pass On Reaching A Larger Readership – 4 Tips   

While  family and friends are a worthy readership for your memoir, it is possible to reach an even larger audience. Here are four suggestions to enable your story to appeal to a broader public.   1) Write a story that is truly well-written and whose reading—the prose itself—will bring joy to your reader. To do […]

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November 16 Activity: The Bigger Picture in A Memoir

Many writers write their memoirs as if all there is in life is their own experience and perhaps by extension the experience of other immediate family. The fact is however that every life is lived within some context that is much larger than the individual and the small family unit. We live with some historical […]

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November 4 Activity: Don’t Trust Your Memory

There’s not way around it: your memory—and mine—is fallible, unfortunately sometimes false, and too often flattering as it “remembers” events. Don’t trust your memory! To counter this, gather materials that will support your grasp of the past. There’s nothing like a document created at the time of an event to anchor you in reality.

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Shaping Your Theme

You imbue the whole of your story with your theme and it, in turn, influences the choice of every element in your story—even when you’re not aware of it. Consciously shaping your theme can make your memoir.

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Holding Back the Truth in Your Memoir

Your memoir needs to tell the truth about life—yours—and sometimes that requires exposing yourself getting “naked.” Getting to the truth in memoir is not about being cruel but about adding meaning and depth to your life story.

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