Posted on August 16, 2019 at 8:49 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s natural to want to write about an emotional part of your life.

Yet, if you’re choosing to write a memoir or creative nonfiction about a personal experience, this is a rare occasion in which experts will warn you about excess emotions in your piece.

Wait, what? These gurus are always urging me to ramp up the emotions of my writing, you might think.

Fair question — but what Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, authors of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, want you to avoid is “revenge prose” or talk that belongs on a therapist’s couch.

Jane Friedman has an excerpt from their new book that explains how to ensure you write from a healthy perspective so that readers aren’t turned off by your intensity.

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