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Structure Isn’t the Holy Grail You’re Looking For – by Lisa Cooper Ellison…

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on Jane Friedman site:

It’s Tuesday at 4:30 PM. A writer’s name flashes across my Zoom screen.

As we begin her free consultation, she tells me about the harrowing memoir she plans to write. The project is her first book, and she’s not sure where to begin.

After a five-minute banter about the writing process, she says, “Can you tell me how to structure my memoir?”

As I craft a reply to this frequently asked question she leans in, waiting, perhaps even hoping and praying, that I’ll share the secret that easily and efficiently unlocks her project’s genius.

I understand because I repeatedly asked the same question early in my writing process.

At the time, I thought structure was the holy grail of storytelling. Like the characters in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, all I had to do was choose wisely. Complete the task and I’d soon double…

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Character Types: The Helper

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Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. This is the sixth and final in a series of posts about character types. The ideas come from my personal observations or public knowledge of well-known people. The other posts are The Attention Seeker, The “I Can Top That” Person, The Know it All, The Introvert, and The Extrovert.

He “thinks” he’s helping.
(Creative Commons photo from Pixabay.)

It seems like a lot of families have at least one person that fits this category. My Aunt Betty was one. If a person asked for something, she was on her feet before you could blink an eye. Even saying aloud, “I think I’ll have a sandwich,” was enough to send her scurrying to the kitchen.

Helpers are selfless individuals who thrive on serving. Their needs are second to the needs of others. They are friendly and outgoing without being overbearing.

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