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Memoir Tip: Who’s In Your Audience?

by Matilda Butler on November 28, 2012

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Who Do You Write For?

I read an article in The New York Times entitled “Writing for an Imagined Audience.” The author, Christine Nelson of the Morgan Library, brought up a concept that I think is worth pursuing here on Women’s Memoirs.

I’ve included the link to the article so that you can see her comments. But I want to change the focus. While her focus is on diaries that have been written, I’d like to get you thinking about your audience. More accurately, your audiences. Let me take you through several points.

1. When you next sit to write, ask yourself, “Who am I writing this for?” Who do you want to see your words, to understand your story?

2. After you’ve answered that question, ask, “Who do I not want to read what I’m writing?” Is there anyone alive (or even dead) that you don’t want to see your words?

3. Think about how the audience you want as well as the audience (even of one) that you don’t want may influence your writing, may influence the telling of your story. Be honest with yourself. Then remember to be honest with your audience.

4. Take time now to get clarity about your audience and even realize you may have several difference audiences. Once you see how you can maintain truth in the telling of your story, you do need to consider how (not what) your writing will appeal to your intended audience. It is too easy to get caught up in thinking about ourselves rather than our audience.

5. Find your audience. Once you are clear who you want to read your story, find a photo of one person who can represent that audience for you. The photo doesn’t need to be a family member. There are many sources of photos. Once you have a picture, keep it near your desk. Look at the person and make sure you are writing in a way that will intrigue and satisfy your audience.

6. Do you keep a diary? If so, who is the audience for that writing? If it is only you, then consider the differences in the way you write those pages and the ones you are writing for your memoir.

Examine your audiences and your writing. Bringing a heightened sense of purpose to your writing will help you to better focus.

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Journal Writing for Memoir: Time Capsule

by Amber Lea StarfireMarch 10, 2012
Journal Writing for Memoir: Time Capsule

Post #54
Memoir Writing, Journaling
by Amber Lea Starfire

Today, I’m writing about another way to preserve memories—keep a time capsule. Not to bury in your yard, but to bury in the pages of your journal.
If you journal regularly, you already know how journaling helps you become more aware of life as it plays out. And [...]

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Editors on Editing: Using Primary Sources for Your Memoir, Part 2

by Matilda ButlerApril 11, 2011
Editors on Editing: Using Primary Sources for Your Memoir, Part 2

Roseanne Rini, a Story Circle Network Editor, continues her blog post about use of primary sources when writing a memoir. She includes two memoir writing prompts as well.

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Journal Writing for Memoir: Writing About Real Characters

by Amber Lea StarfireNovember 6, 2010
Journal Writing for Memoir: Writing About Real Characters

When you’re writing in your journal about the events and people in your life — particularly when your intention is to practice writing skills, you are recording a scene, or you think you might want to use your writing for later storytelling or memoir — take some time to think about and describe their traits. Making the effort to record, through writing, the real live people as they are in a particular period of your life will help you later.

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Journal Writing Basics: 10 Reasons to Write Every Day

by Amber Lea StarfireOctober 30, 2010
Journal Writing Basics: 10 Reasons to Write Every Day

The number of reasons to write on a daily basis are as long and varied as one’s imagination. In fact, I have a series of articles on my website, WritingThroughLife.com, dedicated to answer the question, Why Write? To complement that series, I thought it would be fun to put together the following short list of 10 reasons that prove why it’s beneficial — and important! — to write every day.

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Use Your Senses to Inspire Creative Journal Writing

by Amber Lea StarfireAugust 28, 2010
Use Your Senses to Inspire Creative Journal Writing

Ways to energize your journal writing are as many and varied as your imagination. Here are some journal writing prompts to inspire creativity and stimulate animated, lively journaling.

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Daily Inspiration for Journal Writing: Anne Frank

by Amber Lea StarfireAugust 21, 2010
Daily Inspiration for Journal Writing: Anne Frank

There is no such thing as an ordinary life. There is your life, and it’s unique to you. Here are some journal writing prompts to get you started chronicling your life. Great aids for the aspiring memoir writer.

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