May 10, 2011

Stages in a Writer’s Life, Part One: “My Life Isn’t Interesting”

Posted in Stages, Stages tagged at 2:02 pm by Rebecca Hein

When I started my first book at age twenty-three, I remember editing out most of the personal details because I figured they wouldn’t interest the reader. Ten years later I still hadn’t realized that well-chosen details are vital to a good narrative.

To refer to an event without explaining it sufficiently is both vague and tantalizing. In addition, a lack of setting disorients the reader, and if you’re going to write about your own life, we need to know who you are, as well as the what, when, where, and why of your story.

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