Volume Speaking Writing

30 08 2014

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How To Write Memoir Dialogue That Speaks Volumes

Let’s talk about writing dialogue in a memoir — a creative nonfiction gray area that may have you pondering: What were granny’s exact words as she stood by the chicken coop on that fateful day?

Unlike fiction writers, memoirists are bound by actual events and conversations. In a memoir, readers expect the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But do you really need to recall dialogue word-for-word?

Fortunately, a memoir can be true and also have creative elements. While the right balance of “truth” to “creative” may vary from writer to writer and story to story, here are some basic strategies for writing memoir dialogue: ….

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Writing Characters

30 08 2014

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Creating Characters Readers Will Love

To write a good story, we must develop characters readers care about. Without strong likeable characters, the best of stories fail.
Dwight Swain, author of Techniques of the Selling Writer, states that even the longest book can capture only a tiny segment of a human being. We humans are much too complicated for the writer to create in their entirety. So we must simplify, and develop our characters to the degree each needs to be developed in order to fulfill their function in the story. Give an impression and approximation of life rather than attempting to duplicate life itself.As the author, you need to know something about your character beyond the story you are about to write. But don’t spend so much time analyzing them that you get bored and want to kill them off.

Here are a few basic questions you should ask that will help you begin:

  • What do they want out of life, and what do they need?
  • What do they want to accomplish in their life?
  • What are their beliefs? A kind God? Life sucks or is unfair? Money is more important than love? Vice Versa. If we are very good we go to Heaven.

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