REread and add Running in the Family
add links to podcasts: Shelagh + Eleanor Wachtel + NPR
"In a great memoir, some aspect of the writer's struggle for self often serves as the book's organizing principle, and the narrator's battle to become whole rages over the book's trajectory." ~ Karr
Maybe this should be an audio or video?? (I'm having such trouble writing it...) Or maybe I've already said it all?
"In any transcendent experience, we leave one thing for another, even if the motion forward can be in emotional millimeters." Roach Smith
Revisiting the past with wisdom
"Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is to come to terms with your life narrative." ~ Zinsser
Think about that. Your life narrative. The story you are telling about your life.
"In a great memoir, some aspect of the writer's struggle for self often serves as the book's organising principle, and the narrator's battle to become whole rages over the book's trajectory." Karr
"The great Holocaust memoirs portray not just great suffering but great hope and wisdom and forms of psychological endurance and curiosity. They seem written to help us understand something complex, not to prove a single point in dreary repetition." ~ Karr
"Assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case...
What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?"
~ Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
"Write through yourself, not about yourself." -- Lisa Rowan, The Write Life
"IN the right hands, a memoir is the flecks of gold panned out of a great, muddy river." Ann Patchett