Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories onto the Page by Sandra L. Faulkner;Sheila Squillante

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In 1989, that’s who I was. The Panthéon for which it’s named was originally a church dedicated to Saint Genvieve, but now it’s a secular mausoleum. ) Marie Curie is the only woman interred there “of her 39 Chapter 3 Figure 10. ” Her bones surrounded by so many, many men who I am choosing not to name. Cognac is a type of brandy, twice distilled in copper pots and then aged in French oak barrels. True Cognac comes only from the Cognac region of France. I don’t drink cognac. I grew up to love a sweet bourbon burn.

Yes no Can I contend with consequences? Can I use form to provide privacy? yes no yes no What kind of relationship do I have with those I write about? good bad ambivalent Will my writing accomplish a greater good? yes no indeterminate * 53 Chapter 5 Dialogue & Consequences We open this chapter with a model that may seem tongue in cheek, but it helps us map ethical issues and highlights ethics as a fundamental concern when writing the personal. Consider the questions and answers throughout your writing project and how this concern emphasizes the importance of ethical writing as a process; something that occurs before, during, and after writing.

We believe that writing can connect us with the large world and our own small desires. When we write, it helps us to imagine a someday-reader of our words. Will they embrace them? Will they argue with them? Will they consider their own life differently as a result of reading them? Will they remember them? You will make different choices about form and possibly even content depending on who you imagine your audience to be. Sometimes it will be an abstract audience made up of “classmates” or “New Yorker readers,” or “zombie aficionados,” and sometimes you will have a very specific face in mind as you get your story down.

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