I like quotes. Snippets of life, perfectly succinct. Maybe that’s part of the reason I love journalism, for the vital role quotes play in my stories.
But I’m torn over whether to use quotes in my memoir. Not in the actual narrative — Of course dialogue is essential to my book. I mean the kind that appear before the start of each chapter, quotes that demonstrate the writer’s frame of mind or something important about the character or setting.
Since I love quotes, it seems natural I’d take this route. But it seems kind of… trite. Overused. Old-school.
What do you think? Do beginning-of-chapter quotes add to the book, or are they overused?
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