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Your Own Worst Enemy: Writing Villains in Memoir

from Writer's Digest

There are no villains in memoir — unless you count yourself. Understand the ways in which you act as a character so you can tell your story as its writer. When I began writing memoir, I was surprised to find how much these true stories needed to read like novels or short stories told in the first person. Just like fiction, there need to be scenes with action and dialogue. Settings have to be vividly rendered with concrete, physical details. There also has to be a clear storyline with an inciting action, rising conflict and a satisfying conclusion, complete with some meaningful change occurring within the protagonist. more

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