Thursday, July 2, 2009

How to Kill Your Readers

Start with any of these to kill any reader's interest in your memoir:
  • "My father..."
  • "My mother..."
  • "As a child, I..."
  • "During my childhood..."
  • "During my senior year in high school..."
  • "I finally made the painful decision to..."
  • "When Mother couldn't take care of herself any longer..."
  • "A recurring dream I have is..."
  • "My sister [brother] has always been..."
  • "I have always wondered about my..."
It doesn't matter how beautifully written and moving it is or how hard you worked on it: If your memoir doesn't open with something more inclusive than yourself and your family -- readers won't read it.

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