We made it to the end of the month, you and me!
“It’s not about me.”
How do you choose to alert people who appear in your books that you are writing about them—or do you not alert them at all?
The new memoir A Farm Dies Once a Year, by Arlo Crawford, is, according to the Washington Post, “elegant and richly detailed.” Amazon.com describes it as an intimate, gorgeously observed memoir about family and farming that forms a powerful lesson in the hard-earned risks that make life worth living: The …
What an interesting read, this Paris Review interview with Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club: A Memoir. It’s not a new article; I just stumbled upon it. An excerpt from the interview: INTERVIEWER Did you tell your family you were going to write about them? KARR I’d warned my …
One reason to get your memoir down.
It’s heartfelt stuff, hearing a person’s stories and learning what they mean to the person.
“There is also a dog, but he does not understand English.”— Isabella Bird, from The Hawaiian Archipelago
An autobiography summarizes and tells the whole of a person’s life. It is the story of a life. A memoir has a narrower focus, and tells a story “from a life.” Author (and memoir writer) Gore Vidal describes the difference this way: “A memoir is how one remembers one’s own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dated, facts double-checked.”
When my space and work is well-organized, so too is my head.