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I was honour-bound really to dig deep and bring memories, perhaps, that had been suppressed for a long time, that I would have preferred, perhaps, to remain in the sediment of my life.But having done that and having got through this process, I now feel so much better. And I'm advising everyone I meet, all of my friends and everybody - people in the street, 'Write your own book.' Whether you publish it or not, it feels really good." ~ from Katie Couric's interview with the musician Sting, about his book Broken Music Ultimately, memoir writing is about giving a piece of oneself to history.Communing with your significant dead is what it amounts to, and that is an exhausting thing.Not unpleasant, but still hard work." ~ Martin Amis, on BBC's website about writing one's memoirs"Every American may be working on a screenplay, but we are also continually updating a treatment of our own life - and the way in which we visualize each scene not only shapes how we think about ourselves, but how we behave, new studies find.
(this section has its own table of contents)(in several categories: Writing personal and family histories, Memoir writing as discovery, Memoirs, healing and self-understanding, Memoirs from writing prompts, Anthologies, The art and craft of memoir and biography)Everyone has a story to tell but many of us need help telling it or finding the time to record, collect, and edit the stories of other family members.All demonstrate the power of the word to salvage from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving. bonds people together far more than shared chromosomes . And it had a profound effect upon me." ~Mary Caplain, about her experience doing a 40-minute interview with Story Corps (link below)I can't stress enough how different it is to write about the real and the unreal.~ Tristine Rainer, author of Your Life as Story and Writing the New Autobiography"Do I -- do we -- remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we're most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we've chosen or that's been imposed on us by the people around us? When I started writing my memoir my whole metabolism changed." ~ Frank Bruni, Memoirs and Memory (by the author of Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater Families are united more by mutual stories -- of love and pain and adventure -- than by biology. I'd just turned 50 and I assumed it was just age, but I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning and I had the most delicious lie-ins of my life!It was just sheer emotional exhaustion, I now realise.