Logging Lives with Lydia: The Revision Process- Preserving the Integrity of the Interviewees’ Voice

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Dear JFR Readers,

Thank you for joining me for another blog dedicated to my oral history writing project: The Second Baptist Church Project. As I continue creating these 400-word narratives, and the deadline for the book swiftly approaches, I have started to seriously hone in on my revision process. In particular, I will focus on the process of creating narratives, using a combination of my words and the interview transcription, while preserving the integrity of the interviewees’ voice,  purpose, and word-choice, since I pull the exact language directly from the interviews. I also owe my recent inspiration for the drafting process to Maya Marshall and Marty McConnell, the founders of Underbelly, who visited Lewis University as guest readers for the Creative Writing Series.

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