Mostly True Memoirs
Speak The Truth
To speak the truth in a memoir is a powerful way to share stories and connect with others. But the truth can also be difficult to write, especially when we’re dealing with difficult subjects.
Memoir Writing Tips
- Be honest with yourself. The first step to writing a truthful memoir is embracing the truth. This means facing your pain, your shame, and your secrets. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary if you want to write a memoir that is both authentic and powerful.
- Be respectful of others. When you’re writing about other people, it’s important to be respectful of their privacy. This means not sharing anything that would be harmful or embarrassing to them. It also means getting their permission before you write about them.
- Be mindful of your audience. When you’re writing a memoir, you’re also writing for an audience. This means thinking about who you want to read your story and what you want them to take away from it. If you’re writing about difficult subjects, you need to be mindful of how your words will affect your readers.
- Be patient. Writing a memoir takes time. Be patient while you’re processing your experiences, finding the right words, and editing your work. Don’t rush the process. Give yourself all the time you need to write a memoir that you’ll be proud of.
Tips to Speak The Truth
- Start small. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, start by writing about small, everyday moments. These moments can often be the most revealing.
- Use imagery and sensory details. The more vivid your writing is, the more likely your readers are to connect with your story. Use the details of sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch to bring your experiences to life.
- Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Memoir is all about vulnerability. If you want to write a truthful memoir, you need to be willing to share your deepest thoughts and feelings.
- Trust your gut. If something feels wrong, don’t write it. You have the final say over what goes in your memoir.
- Get feedback. Once you have a draft of your memoir, get feedback from trusted friends, family members, or a writing coach. This can help you to identify any areas that need improvement.
- Don’t give up. Writing a memoir can be a challenging experience, but it is ultimately rewarding. If you’re thinking about writing a memoir, I encourage you to go for it. Just remember to be honest with yourself, respectful of others, and mindful of your audience. And most importantly, trust your gut.
Memoirs That Speak The Truth
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt: This memoir tells the story of McCourt’s childhood in poverty in Ireland. It is a powerful and moving story that is both funny and heartbreaking.
- Night by Elie Wiesel: This memoir tells the story of Wiesel’s experiences in the Holocaust. It is a harrowing but important story that is a testament to the power of the human spirit.
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: This memoir tells the story of Walls’s childhood in a dysfunctional family. It is a candid and revealing story that is both inspiring and heartbreaking.
Writing a memoir can be a difficult but very rewarding experience. If you’re thinking about writing a memoir, I encourage you to go for it. Just remember to be honest with yourself, respectful of others, and mindful of your audience. And most importantly, trust your gut.
Everyone has a story to tell.