My last session was titled Shaping A Life: Voice, Structure, and Craft in Memoir. I leave you this gem. “Memoir is a poetics of the memory. The best forge their own forms, and you want your reader to be nourished by the journey of reading your story. Memoir is, at best, a controlled demolition of the self. Forget all the warnings about ‘what truth is’, as this is your truth and such warnings do nothing but raise the hackles of your fear. Loosen up your voice and tell your story.”
Amen. I’m pinning THAT to my wall, I am. But right now, I’m going to the bar and ordering that martini. Cheers!