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How To Hook 'Em In The First Graf

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Here in the mysterious Non-Fiction Career Lab, located on a secret floating island in Boston Harbor, where we are hatching story ideas and essays, articles and op-eds, book proposals and pitch letters, we have become adept at one thing: hooking the reader.

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You're unbelievable. You're one-dimensional. You're boring.

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

In a previous post, I railed against the "me" in memoir -- namely, the idea that your memoir might be too much about you and you might need to jazz up your story with another plot line, or contrast your own life story against some other element that you insert or interweave into your narrative, in order to make it seem, well, not so self-indulgent.

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Your Memoir Is Too Much About You

It doesn't have to be all about you (Image: Ethan Gilsdorf, scribbled on a napkin in cafe) Your personal writing doesn't have to be all about you (Image: Ethan Gilsdorf, yes, scribbled on a napkin in a cafe

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