|Writers helping Writers|
Many times, I don’t see what’s missing from my scenes or story. In memoir, the writer has lived through these adventures, and in most cases, can still experience these emotions. So while I know exactly what’s going on in the scene, the reader may not. Telling details may be missing from the manuscript. This is where objective readers come in, a crucial part of any writing project.
More specifics and reasons for emotions are two difficulties that I have in memoir writing. But even in story writing, these are important issues. The reader needs to know enough detail and reasoning to keep the story believable. We don’t want the reader to leave the writer’s real past world of the narrator in memoir or make-believe world in fiction.
Another important factor in memoir as in fiction is to keep the protagonist genuine for the reader to stay connected to him or her. Yes, the protagonist needs to grow and develop throughout the manuscript, but his or her core beliefs or wit or in my case, her family-oriented lifestyle needs to show through in each chapter.
In memoir as well as in fiction, this leads to a balance between scene and insight. Scenes keep the story moving forward. Insight helps the reader to know reasons for actions and emotion. And objective readers can assist a writer in seeing any tip in the balance of the scale. What do you think of this balance between scene and insight?
Are you lucky enough to have a good writing/reading partner? It’s important to have someone you trust, someone who understands your work or your genre. I have one and am truly blessed to have her input for my manuscript.
It’s the halfway mark in my Write Your Memoir in Six Months course. While I only wrote a little over 11,700 words for March due to family and work obligations, I have about 36,350 words altogether for the first eight chapters. Thanks for your continued support.