Memoir: Building and Using Tension

After reading articles like this I wonder I’m even bothering! This site has much valuable information about memoir.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

By: Marilyn L. Davis

“Tension has to exist at the level of the language; it has to exist at the level of the story; it has to exist at the level of the intellect; it has to exist at the level of the heart; it has to exist at the level of what we would call the soul, that archetypal tension of inherent dichotomies, the moving forward in life between morality and aesthetics.

When we write, we’re asking our readers to engage in that tension because without tension there is no resolution. And it’s the resolution, at some level, that story relies most upon. Even if it’s at the level of aesthetics or if there’s no plot whatsoever or action, we still have to have the resolution of the tension.” ~ Kim Barnes

tensionIn looking for a publisher, I’m struck by how many are looking for good memoir. However, each…

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One thought on “Memoir: Building and Using Tension

  1. Good morning, Joan. Thank you for reblogging one of my memoir posts from Two Drops of Ink. I think though that you’re being too hard on yourself. I have always believed that how something is said is just as important as what is said, therefore, how I write about memoir might not resonate for some, whereas how you say it will. That’s the beauty and power of words. They are the common denominator for all writers, but we all use them in our unique ways. Keep writing!


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