If you do not shoot for the whole truth and nothing but the truth, we’re going to get along just fine.
’ Writers who say this while the piece is getting a hard edit from someone else are sinking fast. That it happened at all — why it happened and where you go from there — is interesting. Just because you cut them doesn’t mean they can’t live again in another story.
As you edit your piece, you may struggle to cut out the paragraphs that don’t move your story forward. Save them for inspiration.“And how about those paragraphs that go off in a totally different direction, bringing in an entirely new story? It’s a quick, delightful read with lots of fantastic actionable advice illustrated with Marion’s own personal stories.
Telling compelling stories adds another dimension to our writing.
This fascinating Infographic shows how the human brain is hardwired to respond to storytelling differently than other forms of writing.
“Hey, you’ll never guess what happened to me last night! And judging by the sounds of it, the story is a good one!
”If a friend approaches you with one of these lines, chances are she has a story to tell.and NPR and her struggle to pen a memoir about her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. I lost my own grandmother to Alzheimer’s, and Marion’s words drew me in and resonated with me.Afterward, even though I previously didn’t have any intention of writing a memoir, I hurried to the book table to meet Marion and buy a copy of on the flight home, and since then I’ve kept coming back to it for tips on how to improve my writing.In writing, once you’ve written your final draft, that’s essentially your only shot at getting the story right.Wondering how you can get that story just right and write a compelling narrative?The answer to this question will help you determine the focus of your piece.It reminds me of the thesis statements I wrote for my essays in high school and college.“What is your story about?Or you can use the notebook to help you remember the stories that happened to you years before.See my post below about the many famous authors who have kept notebooks.You may not think that you have any stories to tell, but that’s not true. Marion suggests using a notebook to help you find and develop story ideas.“Here’s a tip I learned from my husband, a fine former reporter and a really great newspaper editor: Get yourself a pack of inexpensive spiral pocket notebooks, and when you are taking in a landscape — whether emotional or physical — turn that notebook sideways, like a sketchbook.I know how crazy this sounds, but you won’t care after you see how effortlessly it signals your subconscious that you’re looking for something different…You can carry the notebook with you so that you can jot down stories as you observe them in your daily life.