How True and Factual Does Your Memoir Have to Be? Photo by abhiomkar / Flickr Today’s guest post is adapted from OUR LIFE IS A BOOK: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir, by Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freymann, published by Sasquatch Press, 2014.
Memoir is a most intimate bond and sometimes our characters are not content simply to be created by us. If they are still alive, they can talk back, argue with us, disown us, call us to account, and sometimes congratulate or thank us. Unlike the fiction writer, the memoirist must truly face his or her characters. A memoirist will not exactly mirror everyone else’s perspective, so there is always room for disagreement. “No, that’s not the truth.” Much of what we remember is forever lost in the physical world, however much it may shimmer and possess us now. 1. One clue to “my truth” and “your truth” is how we remember. In a seminal The New Yorker article, “But Enough About Me,” memoirist Daniel Mendelsohn discusses the history of memoir and the challenge of memory. We say: Vive la difference!
2. Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal. This post is a companion to Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published.
MASTER LIST of Physical Descriptions! Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to describe individual facial features, faces in general, bodies, and even hair.
I’m hoping this post will be a good resource for describing the looks of characters in your story. Before I get to the long list, I have a couple of notes and words of advice: When you’re in a character’s POV, their attitude toward another character’s appearance may change over the course of the story as their relationship to that character changes. A classic case in point: Mr. 100 Sexy Names for Contemporary Romance Heroes! I have a real interest in character naming, which was why I compiled the master list of historically accurate Regency names a little while ago.
For this list, I got a little help from The New Baby Name Survey Book by Bruce Lansky, which reveals some common preconceptions about names. It is not all that new but still a great reference. I also consulted various online forums where people discuss baby names. I’ve included both popular names, which can be quite sexy, and rarer ones. The names with asterisks by them are common names for men in their 20s and 30s in the United States, according to the Social Security database. Aaron*Adam* Quintessential solid good-guy name.Aidan Can also be spelled Aiden.Alaric Also spelled Alarik.Alexander He can go by Alex or Xander.Andrew* Andrew is sexy. If this was helpful, please follow my blog to get notifications of future Master Lists for writers. Like this: Like Loading... Related 100 Likeable Names for Your Contemporary Heroine!
In "Write On. " MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language! Hey there!
Lots of writers liked my list of facial expressions, so I thought I would do a companion post about gestures and body language. Describing these can help readers visualize a scene and get a feel for the characters, and again, they can set up lines of dialogue so you don’t have a string of he said, she said, he asked, she exclaimed, etc., running down the page. You might want to consider which gestures or what body language is typical for each of your characters. For instance, one of my characters in the novel I just finished tends to hug herself when she’s nervous, while another has a habit of rubbing at his shoulder when he’s uncomfortable. They only do it a few times each throughout the book, but I think details like that make characters feel more solid. For a great guide to what body language means, I recommend What Every BODY Is Saying, by former FBI counterintelligence offer Joe Navarro and body language expert Marvin Karlins. she raised her chin he lifted his chin Related.
MASTER LIST of Physical Descriptions! Make Information Beautiful. 20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life. As a hopeless lover of both letters and famous advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old Hunter S.
Thompson — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Found in Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (public library | IndieBound) — the aptly titled, superb collection based on Shaun Usher’s indispensable website of the same name — the letter is an exquisite addition to luminaries’ reflections on the meaning of life, speaking to what it really means to find your purpose.
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