“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein
Which is right, and which isn’t?
As Ralph Waldo Trine puts it:
“The optimist is right. The pessimist is right. The one differs from the other as light from dark. Yet both are right. Each is right from his own particular point of view, and this point of view is the deterring factor in the life of each.”*
*Prelude from “In Tune With the Infinite” by Ralph Waldo Trine
Written in 1897
What are your thoughts on how dialogue works in a Memoir? As I work on my true life story the part of me who is telling it keeps slipping into dialogue with the many different characters that played a part in our life. I know the words are not exact how could anyone remember that kind of detail word for word. However the dialogue captures the personality of the characters and what or how I believe they would have responded. In “Angelia’s Ashes” Frank McCourt used dialogue but purposely didn’t put it into quotation because he knew it wasn’t an actual quote out of the mouth of that person. I know how important it is to make my story as believable as it truly is.
I’m simple looking for some constructive input to help me move along in the right direction with my story. Would love to hear your thoughts.