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Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00X593GR2
- Publisher : Plume (26 January 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 821 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 589,778 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Alas, we are a society fascinated with people and ourselves, but that's not what I got out of WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES. Here's what I did get: we share our stories to make sense of the insensible, we tell our stories to give new meaning to tragedy, to shape others, and ultimately to help others.
But doing all of that is a hell of a lot of work. Not only does the aspiring memorist have to delve deep into the human psyche, dust off distant (often forgotten for a reason) memories, make them shiny and new, but he or she needs to also shape them into a beautiful story with a plot, character arc, and more. Might as well give up, right?
Wrong. Through twenty amazing writers, we learn the ins and outs of doing such a seemingly impossible task. I love Maran's introduction of each writer and also the "vital stats," including age, social media handles, notable notes, etc. and then...the meat of the "advice" begins as each writer shares insights that inspire the writer to push up her sleeves and get writing.
Many of my pages of this title are dog-eared for future reference and inspiration. Plus, I have a much better understanding of the art and craft of memoir, one that has helped me get over the stigma of being a potential navel-gazer.
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