The Memoir & Personal Story Surge…

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Happy Friday, readers and writers. The thing I’ve noticed over the span of the last 6 years, is how much we’ve come to share our love for “Story.” When I first started writing online (reluctantly gave up my smith corona) it was all about ‘blogging’ and getting to a place of PROMINENCE by blogging with the “big dogs”, of which there are many well-known accomplished folks. But, here I was, blogging from a “writer” perspective; wondering if I might not ever grace the table among the bigwigs. Consistency in my love for story keeps me afloat in this writing arena and this is where I’m supposed to be.

Well, wonders never cease. These days, nearly everybody is turning a keen eye to writing and sharing their personal stories. When James Frye came under fire from Oprah and other critics for lying about his personal story in A Million Little Pieces, I was attempting to write my own truths… After losing the first 40,000 words of the work to computer virus and no back up files, I became disillusioned and put the idea aside. Needless to say, like a lot of writers, struggling to return to story, I welcome sage advice of authors who have traveled the path to publishing their story.

Where bloggers and blogging became the new ‘Black’, seemingly, story has become ‘Evergreen.’ April is National Poetry Month ( my beginnings) but, we’re going to spend the weeks ahead discussing the Memoir. I’m reading Home Sweet Hardwood, an inspiring book by one of the first women to play in the sport of women’s basketball back when it was deemed “taboo.”

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I’m so enjoying Pat Mckinzie’s amazing memoir. Naturally, I’ll be having a conversation with several memoirist who have agreed to share their expertise with you guys. I cannot wait to welcome them to the forum:)

It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a personal essay, short story or working on your novel…you’ll want to be right here this month for insights, introductions and community discussions on writing the memoir. Meanwhile, I’ve included some other great reads in this genre you might want to check out. My essay, Second Time Around, appears in When One Door Closes; the first book in the Reflections on Life’s Turning Points series by Terri Spahr Nelson.

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Have any of you guys started or completed your memoir? Care to share your writing experience in this genre?

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2 thoughts on “The Memoir & Personal Story Surge…”

  1. Clara, this is such a great issue to debate and one that is so delicate…for each person will have their own take on the past. I struggled so much with finding my own truth and how to tell it. One of the most redeeming moments for me was when my German teammate read my memoir and wrote me to tell me how well I captured the time period in Germany. She found it fascinating to understand the experience from my perspective. She also validated my words by reiterating that those chapters were just how she remembered the magical time of our lives, and she shared her thoughts from the perspective of a German. She also kept detailed journals at the time, where she said she wrote more about boyfriends than the basketball.

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  2. Pat, your memoir is so moving and informative at the same time. I’m learning so much about women and the trials they faced in the sport of Basketball. You are a trailblazer, my dear. I’m so glad you told it your way:)

    See you here on Thursday, April 18th!

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