The Secret of Great Memoir: The Mature Self

Updated: Jul 10


Today’s guest post is an excerpt from The Memoir Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Brainstorm, Organize, and Write Your Unique Story, from C.S. Lakin. Content warning: A memoir example in this post portrays sexual violence.

This article was sourced by Jane Friedman.

Voice is like your fingerprint. Each of us has a voice when we speak aloud. We have a style of speaking, our own unique vocabulary and syntax and inflections.

When we write, we also adopt a voice. In fiction, each point-of-view character has a unique voice, which permeates both the narrative and dialogue. In nonfiction, the writer’s voice sets the tone and style for the entire book.

When we consider penning a memoir, we can (and should) carefully choose the type of voice that would best suit the story we are telling.

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