Instead, on my blog, I write small snippets of my life that are memory, but not memoir. If you can think of songs that remind you of certain times in your life or specific events, listen to those songs when you want to write about those memories. These are days when I either read something about writing or I read someone who inspires me, like Toni Morrison or May Sarton.
Blogs and email newsletters are great places to gather and share life memories. For me, it’s always a cup of tea, several yellow legal pads, a container of pens and my writer’s notebook. For example, the song you danced to at your wedding or the song that reminds you of your first love. One of my favorite books is, , by Natalie Goldberg.
Family members may not like the way that they are portrayed.They may not like that secrets have been revealed or the way that the story has unfolded. Writers of a memoir tell the story as they recall it.The subjective impression that many of us have when we attempt to provide accurate dates for autobiographical events is that it is a very difficult task.This personal subjective experience is corroborated by our observations of respondents in event-dating studies.
Writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, has the potential to crack us open.
Some people come to writing for the first time in their sixties.