Crafting Your Story



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Crafting Your Story

The chapter titled “Crafting Your Story” in Ralph Fletcher’s How to Write Your Life Story shares several strong suggestions for improving your memoir. Please read pages 46-56 and uncover those suggestions.


Fletcher calls these tips ________________ tips.




Craft Tip 1: ___________________ ___________________



  • In order to make those ideas come to life, __________________________
    _________________________________.



  • What suggestion does he offer about the spirit of the book?






Craft Tip 2: ___________________ _____________ ___________


  • The secret is: _______________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________.




  • What suggestion does he offer about improving your writing?





Craft Tip 3: ___________________ _____________ __________________

  • To engage readers, you must ____________________________

    _____________________________________________________.





  • What is the danger of writing an autobiography/memoir?


  • The challenge is to __________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________

  • Three tools to making your character believable: _______________, _______________, ______________.





Craft Tip 4: _______________ _____ _______ ___________________



  • Try to…



  • Readers must see…






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