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Writing technique: The Rule of Three

Writing technique: The Rule of Three | memoir writing | Scoop.it

"Used properly, the Rule of Three can intensify your conflicts and help to hook the reader."

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Lots of fictional techniques can be adapted to memoir writing as well. For this one, the three questions could become something like this: What happened? How did I react? What effect did the event have on me, either immediately or in the long run? The first two may limit themselves to factual narrative, but the third question gets into reflective prose and lets the reader know something more about the writer. 

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'Memory is a weird thing': Canadian theatre legend Robert Lepage explores the instability of memory in 887

'Memory is a weird thing': Canadian theatre legend Robert Lepage explores the instability of memory in 887 | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The highly inventive piece also delves into Quebec's cultural revolution
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A theatrical examination of one person's memory of historical events, and some tentative speculation about why we remember things we never experienced. 
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How do you write about your own ‘madness and melancholia’ when you aren’t sure if it is behind you?

How do you write about your own ‘madness and melancholia’ when you aren’t sure if it is behind you? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Even after writing ‘How to Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia’ Shreevatsa Nevatia knows there is no forgetting.
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Writing may help us remember the past, and it may even be therapeutic, but it is no cure. 
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How to see a memory

How to see a memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Every memory leaves its own imprint in the brain, and researchers are starting to work out what one looks like. 
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Here is research suggesting that memories are not collected in a single part of the brain but in several -- as many as thirty -- and that they must be rebuilt when they are recalled.
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How is your memory?

How is your memory? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
I waited until after the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to have this conversation with you, thinking I could use our time together to extol the virtues of the Auburn Tigers mauling
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We have revisited some of our false memories so many times that it takes lots of convincing before we can remember the truth.
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A map of lost things: On family, grief, and the meaning of home

A map of lost things: On family, grief, and the meaning of home | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The author reflects on places lost and found, her family's grief, and the mythos of home.
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A deliciously evocative memoir that describes an immigrant's struggle to find her identity and to redefine home
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The memoir ‘Settling Twice’ walks readers through a cloud of memories

The memoir ‘Settling Twice’ walks readers through a cloud of memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Castine writer Deborah Joy Corey takes a fluid approach to a linear model.
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This article explores the interplay between form and content in one memoir.
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Memory of Cornish coast dwellers kidnapped for slavery 'culturally erased'

Memory of Cornish coast dwellers kidnapped for slavery 'culturally erased' | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The memory of thousands of Cornish people who were kidnapped and sold into slavery has been “culturally erased”, campaigners have said.
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Cultural memory can give us as much of a sense of who we are and who we could have been as personal memory does.
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Our brains sometimes create 'false memories' — but science suggests we could be better off this way

Our brains sometimes create 'false memories' — but science suggests we could be better off this way | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Sometimes we remember things differently to how they actually happened.
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Finally, a good reason why we remember what didn't happen, and consolation for people who do it all the time.
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Whose great idea was it to publish Soha Ali Khan's memoir?

Whose great idea was it to publish Soha Ali Khan's memoir? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
If anyone should write a memoir, it's Soha Ali Khan. Thankfully she has, and we all can now revel in the joy that is The Perils of Being Moderately Famous.
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It's a relief to find a memoir that doesn't take itself more seriously than the material suggests. And who better to write one than a woman who has earned a living looking at celebrity lives?
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The deadliest first page sin

The deadliest first page sin | memoir writing | Scoop.it
While there are seven deadly first-page sins I commonly encounter, there is one that's most deadly of all: default omniscience. No point of view = no story.
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This advice is aimed mainly at fiction writers, but it is useful for all authors of life stories. 
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Memory falters with age. Sleep is the culprit — and could be the cure, study finds

Memory falters with age. Sleep is the culprit — and could be the cure, study finds | memoir writing | Scoop.it
A new University of California study found older adults’ brains forget more because of poor coordination between memory-saving brain waves during deep sleep.
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If you have been looking for a better excuse to nap during the day, this study may be just the ticket.
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Writing a memoir vs. novelizing your life

Writing a memoir vs. novelizing your life | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Should you write a memoir, or write a novel "based on a true story"? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth.
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Even when you have your story, you still have to decide whether to tell it as you see it or as you want to see it.
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States of desire

States of desire | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In a rare interview, Oulipan writer Anne Garréta talks at length with Sarah Gerard about writing and desire and leaving gender behind.
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Whatever you write about interpersonal affairs, something must be left out. What you do with the details makes all the difference.
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What if you could recall forgotten memories?

What if you could recall forgotten memories? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
New research from MIT is shedding light on how our brain forms and recalls memories.
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What happens in our brains when we think that we remember? Here's research that examines the elusive nature of memory, including speculation that it's like predicting the past.
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This memoir may be the most difficult one you’ll read. It will break your heart

This memoir may be the most difficult one you’ll read. It will break your heart | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Native American Sherman Alexie’s story of his life with his mother is unforgettable.
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Some memoirs inspire you to write your own; others make you think you can never live up to the expectations of the genre. This is one of the latter
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Real fathers in All their frailty

Real fathers in All their frailty | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Gayathri Prabhu's 'If I Had to Tell it Again' challenges our preconceptions both about writing and about depression.
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A striking exploration of the relevance of truth and memory in fiction and memoir
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How we shape our fallible memories

How we shape our fallible memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Op-ed: Our perception of the world, our memories are not always reflective of what is says, Robert Thorson, who cites Oliver Sacks' book, "The River of Consciousness."
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We remember what we must, we remember what we pay attention to. The memory of events requires motivation and focus.
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What is false memory and how can you prevent it? Everything you need to know

What is false memory and how can you prevent it? Everything you need to know | memoir writing | Scoop.it
We found out what you need to know about the phenomenon.
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Just pay attention in the first place.
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‘I want to rock the boat and I know that the boat desperately wants to be rocked’

‘I want to rock the boat and I know that the boat desperately wants to be rocked’ | memoir writing | Scoop.it
An interview with Natasha Badhwar, author of a striking book of essays on the self and the family.
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The creative and therapeutic benefits of reflecting on our experiences will be different for everybody. You cannot know in advance how it will affect you.
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Synching memories through sleep

Synching memories through sleep | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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Another good reason to get lots of sleep when you are young enough to do it whenever you want.
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The 10 best memoirs of 2017 were all written by women

The 10 best memoirs of 2017 were all written by women | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In 2017, the memoirs most worth reading were written by incredible women.
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Makes you wonder if most men have stopped paying attention to life as they go through it.
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When your memoir wants to be a novel 

When your memoir wants to be a novel  | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In our Breaking In column in Writer's Digest Magazine, we talk with debut authors about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. by A
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Your life story needs to be faithful to narrative elements, but it might also need to express some emotional truths that are available only through fiction.
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The best reviewed books of 2017: Memoir & biography

The best reviewed books of 2017: Memoir & biography | memoir writing | Scoop.it
1. by Roxane Gay (13 Rave, 10 Positive, 5 Mixed) "...a bracingly vivid account of how intellect, emotion and physicality speak to each other and work in
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Some life stories you may have missed this year.
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Enhance memory with the "production effect"

Enhance memory with the "production effect" | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Here's how to optimize new memories.
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You can find lots of advice about how to improve your memory -- eat differently, find new supplements, sleep better -- but none may be as useful as the advice in this article.
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Writing her way to recovery

Writing her way to recovery | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Shuswap author finds healing and well-being by writing
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Another example of the therapeutic benefits of memoir writing
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