Memoir

writing autobiographical or personal stories

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ The New York Times Book Review had a recent essay in which the writer, herself an author of memoirs about her family, poses an interesting definition of a well-crafted memoir that “involves archival research, hours of taped interviews …

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How to deal with dialogue

Writers, especially beginning ones, often struggle with dialogue. There are many aspects to handling dialogue in your writing, including distinguishing between direct quotation and indirect quotation. Since direct quotations repeat a person’s remarks in their own words without deviation, they require quotation marks; for example: Mary said, “I am ready.” Indirect quotations, on the other …

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