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Memoir is About the Little Things Too

by Kendra Bonnett on March 17, 2014

catnav-alchemy-activePost #79 – Memoir and Fiction, Writing Alchemy – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

When you think about your memoir–either the one you’re writing or the one that’s still sloshing around in your head–what do you think about first? Some earth-shattering event that changed your life? Or, perhaps, a series of events that together formed your outlook on life?

But what about the little things? A gathering a friends. A simple activity that sparks an old memory. Even a “where were you moment.” These too are elements worthy of memoir. Oh you won’t necessarily build your memoir around the ordinary or the mundane, but they have their place in your story. They help define you, your world and your personality. And digging deeper into your thoughts and behavior and even just adding the detail enriches your story. Makes you more believable as a person, and engages the reader.

For the reader, it’s the difference between flying over a scene at 10,000 feet or feeling that you’re watching events unfold as you stand in the room. You’ve no doubt heard the saying, Oh to be a fly on the wall. As a memoir writer, you want to put your readers on the wall.

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Emotions and Joy: 6 Writing Tips and a Writing Prompt

by Matilda ButlerOctober 16, 2013
Emotions and Joy: 6 Writing Tips and a Writing Prompt

Our lives and our life stories are filled with emotions. How do you express emotions in your writing? Today’s article gives you 6 writing tips.

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Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! 3 Tips for Letting Time Work for Your Memoir

by Pamela Jane BellOctober 8, 2013
Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! 3 Tips for Letting Time Work for Your Memoir

Pamela Jane Bell returns with three more great writing tips — this set focused on how you can let the passage of time help you with your writing. Finally, tips on the advantages of not writing.

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Writing Tip: Writing and Canoeing

by Matilda ButlerSeptember 9, 2013
Writing Tip: Writing and Canoeing

Tips on incorporating new knowledge and skills into your writing.

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Tips for Showing Emotions in Your Writing

by Matilda ButlerSeptember 1, 2013
Tips for Showing Emotions in Your Writing

Check out our 1-minute video and see if you can tell all the ways that we show emotions. Then see how you’ll apply showing emotional states in your writing

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Tips for Show Don’t Tell: A Guide for Writing

by Matilda ButlerJuly 30, 2013
Tips for Show Don’t Tell: A Guide for Writing

Women’s Memoirs brings you a fun way to think about Show Don’t Tell — inspired by a musical. Use this tip when writing your memoir.

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Writing Alchemy: It’s Been Around a Long Time

by Matilda ButlerJuly 16, 2013
Writing Alchemy: It’s Been Around a Long Time

Women’s Memoirs finds a writing example for the mid-1800s that just may help you see how the elements of Writing Alchemy can help to better record our life experiences.

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