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Using Precise Language

More on Using 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. More important is using precise language. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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. More important is using precise language. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November Is Memoir Writing Month

November 30 Activity: Set a Timeline for Writing Your Memoir

The use of a timeline for writing your memoir will both speed up the writing process and assure that you complete your book. It is possible, of course, to choose to write a memoir so that it takes you forever to complete it. You can write when you feel like it for as long as you feel like it and get it done whenever you get it done. Too often, that’s never. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 29: How to Write an Introduction for a Memoir

The introduction for a memoir can be pivotal to your book. Do not omit to 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 usually includes the Introduction. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 28 Activity: Create Suspense and Foreshadowing in a Memoir

Suspense and foreshadowing in a memoir are important fiction techniques that you can use to keep the reader reading.  In an earlier post, I had written about the importance of plot in your memoir.  Plot is what happens in a story. For many readers, it is what keeps them a reading. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 27 Activity: Add Direct Dialog in a Memoir

Adding direct dialog in a memoir or indirect dialog–what’s the difference? There are two ways characters can speak in a story. One way is called direct dialog. When you write she asked, “How are you doing today?” you are using direct dialogue.  Direct dialogue requires quotation marks. When you use direct dialogue in a memoir you are saying this is actually what the speaker said. This is different from indirect dialog. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 26 Activity: Where Is the Hero’s Journey In Your Memoir?

Have you thought of yourself as being on the hero’s journey in your memoir? Perhaps you have never thought of yourself as a hero—but in fact, you are one. It is the energy of your hero’s journey that has impelled you to write a memoir. Every memoir tells the story of a hero’s journey. It is the story of how the main character (usually you) was beset by difficulties and has survived. In short, every memoir is necessarily a hero’s journey. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 25 Activity: Using Photos in Your Memoir

Are you using photos in your memoir as writing prompts? I have already written about how the memory is false, flattering, and faulty. I’ve also offered you one possibility for correcting this. That is the use of the memory list, the journal, and other artifacts. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 24 Activity: How To Find Stories Missing in Your Memoir

Are there stories missing in your memoir? In some way, writing a memoir is like organizing an anthology of stories. In the method that I teach in my workshops, tele-classes, and coaching, writers write stories as stories come to them. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 23 Activity: Listening to Your Memoir Yields Dividends

Listening to your memoir yields dividends. As writers, we have often experienced of writing what we feel has to be deathless prose. Later, perhaps a week or a month later, when we pick up our own manuscript again, we realize that our deathless prose is perhaps closer to deadly prose. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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