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The Rule of So What

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Megan Ellis

on 22 January 2015

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The Rule of "So What?"
Free Write!
Let's Discuss...
Some ideas...
Know Your Thoughts & Feelings
So... what is your "So What?"
Take 5 minutes to write about one of your topics in your notebook.

This is just a free write, so write about ANY part of your topic that is particularly interesting to you right now. No format, no rules, just keep your pen moving!
What problems do you see in this memoir about the author having rheumatic fever?
A writer often discovers the SO WHAT? through the thinking/writing process. But even with hard thinking, some topics may not have a SO WHAT? These pieces should be abandoned for now.
What is the meaning or significance in your perspective topic? Why is it important to you? Why might it be important to your audience?
· Insight, emotions, and feelings
· A lesson that you learned
· A new way of looking at the world or at yourself
· A unique or significant perspective
· A way of questioning your previously held beliefs
Your audience needs a person to relate to - that person is YOU!
Knowing your OWN thoughts and feelings about this event is crucial if a reader is going to be able to participate in your story.
I remember that when I was in fifth grade I got really sick. My throat was raw, and all my joints ached. The family doctor said I had rheumatic fever.

I had to stay in bed for six months. I couldn’t walk up or down stairs or even go to the bathroom by myself.

When my dad came home from work at night, he’d carry me downstairs so I could watch television and be with the rest of the family, then carry me back upstairs for bedtime. Otherwise it was a lonely, boring time. All I could do was read. During the six months I had rheumatic fever I practically ate books. I made my poor mother go the library almost every day for new ones.

Finally the doctor said I could go back to school. It was one of the happiest days of my life, even though I couldn’t run or play sports for a long time.
So What?
All good writing has a PURPOSE: a point or a reason it was written.
Great! Now do the same thing with your second topic!

5 minutes - GO!
It might be helpful to think about your SO WHAT as a "thesis" statement for your memoir
What specific emotions does your topic make you feel? How will you express those in your writing?
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