A Note on Memoir
If you are writing one, this is the place to be yourself. Don’t choke before you get the truth out. You can say it without being sued or offending anyone if you say it in the right way, and that is, kindly. No need to throw mud. Now is the time to be empathetic, if there ever was one. See my next post for more on writing in general and writing memoir in particular.
Meanwhile, read—lots of great memoir writers. A few of those I love the best: Mary Karr (The Liar’s Club), Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle), Haven Kimmel (A Girl Named Zippy), Linda Joy Myers (Don’t Call Me Mother), Tobias Wolff (This Boy’s Life). Rick Bragg’s is my all-time favorite: (All Over But the Shoutin’).
Reading is an important step to get ready for writing your story, whether it’s memoir or fiction writing.
Here is a reference I used for writing memoir: Your Life as Story, by Tristine Rainer. She is the director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies in Pasadena, California. She teaches autobiographic writing at UCLA and the USC.
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