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Chapter 14

On Writing Well, chapter 14

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Chapter 14

  1. 1. Chapter 14 Writing About Yourself By: Michael and Val
  2. 2. Synopsis <ul><li>The author in this particular chapter is trying to express and tell the reader that writing about yourself should be something that differentiates you the writer from other writers. Everybody's writing should not be the same as other peoples writing. It should show something about you that stands out so the reader doesn't feel like he or she is reading the same types of papers over and over again. Just also make sure that it contains useful information. Have a lot of ideas on hand and give a lot of examples. When writing about ones self that person should be enthusiastic about what they are writing about and should enjoy it at the same time. Writing about yourself should be an enjoyable experience and something that you should not be forced to do. Nobody should tell anybody how and what to write about themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Going about writing a memoir is also discussed. Writing a memoir should not talk about a person’s whole life span but only a specific part of their life that is/was significant. It is different from an autobiography. Writing about yourself should be something of an reward in the sense that you are writing about yourself and no one else. You include in your writing whatever you want to include; just make sure you have enough detail. To make sure your memoir is successful you have to be able to the most important character in your memoir. The main purpose is just to have a fun time accomplishing it. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Memoir and Autobiography Differences <ul><li>Memoir - is a form of an autobiography. It is what some might call “autobiographical writing”. It means a “person’s written account of his or her life” but only to a certain extent; meaning it doesn’t go as far into the author’s life as an autobiography does. It goes just as far as picking a particular events that was significantly important to the author. </li></ul><ul><li>Autobiography - Is not I repeat NOT a memoir in any way shape or form. It may sometimes follow the criteria’s of memoir writing, but that is as far as it goes. An autobiography talks more about the author’s life and has a more completed outline of time periods in the author’s life. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ego and Egotism <ul><li>Ego - is self-esteem or self-image. If you are writing about yourself you need ego because if you don’t have any some sort of self-confidence in your writing, don’t bother writing. Nobody wants to read about someone else who talks down to themselves. Ego is healthy and everyone should have it. </li></ul><ul><li>Egotism- Meaning the whole world involves around one person. It is not at all like ego. Egotistical writers believe everything should be about them and no one else. It is “the loving of oneself” in so many words. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Citation’s <ul><li>“ The physical act of writing is a powerful search mechanism” </li></ul><ul><li>Pg 134; middle of the second paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Memoir is the art of inventing the truth” </li></ul><ul><li>Pg 136; top of the first paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Excessive writing about yourself can be hazardous to the health of the writer and the reader” </li></ul><ul><li>Pg 134; top of the third paragraph. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Questions <ul><li>1. Is egotistical writing really that bad? Should the whole world center around you in your own writing? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Should there be restrictions on what you can write about yourself? Or should you write whatever is you feel necessary to write about yourself even if it offends other people? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Why do some people believe that writing about yourself can become a sensitive subject to engage in? </li></ul>