Lisa Dale Norton
Your Life As Story:
by Lisa Dale Norton
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"Personally, I think dialogue is a necessary component . . . "|
Some people are more comfortable using dialogue in Memoir than others.
Personally, I think dialogue is a necessary component, but to use it with ease you have to get over the worry that you are not remembering conversations verbatim. This goes back to the whole issue of "What is Memoir?" and the corollary issue: "What rights do you have as a writer of Memoir?" topics I've covered in this column in the past and no doubt will cover again in the future.
"The most important point to remember is that Memoir is not Journalism."|
"Dialogue is about capturing the essence of the moment . . ."
"In the meantime, play with it. Trust your memory . . ."
Lisa Dale Norton
Lisa Dale Norton is a regular monthly Authorlink columnist. She is nationally recognized as a writing instructor with a passion for story. Read more about Lisa.
Lisa Dale Norton's new book about memoir, SHIMMERING IMAGES: A HANDY LITTLE GUIDE TO WRITING MEMOIR, will be released by St. Martin 's Press in Spring '08. She is the author of Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills (Picador USA/St. Martin 's Press), a work combining memoir and nature writing. Lisa teaches for the UCLA Writers' Extension Program and speaks nationally on the power of story and the process of writing your own. She lives in Santa Fe. www.lisadalenorton.com
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