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The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

By: Marilyn L. Davis 

“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write towards vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Memoir just means story from the life, not the life story. Memoirs capture in words the story behind the still photos. It is defined by the narrow focus of the writer. However, this focus is broadened by the rich details, strong descriptions, and telling the story.
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When the story, lessons, or relationships are universal, the reader is engaged, prompted to…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

2 comments on “The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

  1. Good morning, Viv; thank you for including my post on your site. I appreciate your generosity with the reblog.

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