Joan's Jottings

Memoir Mania
July 17, 2010, 9:52 pm
Filed under: books

It has come to my attention that my reading focus of late has been the memoir.  Just this year alone, I have read four or five books by Jen Lancaster, two by Jennifer Lauck and another pair by Anne Lamott. (Apparently, I have a preference for memoirs written by women whose last name begins with “L.”)  The memoir has become my preferred genre.  In my younger days and into my thirties, I mostly devoured books of fiction.  It was escapism in its purest form.  In my mid-thirties, I switched to non-fiction, a move that thrilled my non-fiction-fanatic late husband. (I landed in the New Age/Spiritual section, and gobbled up countless books as I became awakened to my spirit. ) The memoir is appropriate for my grown-up taste in books that are true. As I continue to take teeny-tiny baby steps with my writing, the memoir, one written by and about me, seems like a possible long-term goal.  Everyone has a story worth telling. The trick will be to find the time, words, confidence, patience, humor, humility and freedom to dare to write it all down.

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You already have all that stuff you said you need to find. Okay. Maybe not the time. I will buy your book the moment it hits the shelf.

Comment by Nan

You can do it. You just have to start–not necessarily at the beginning.
Looking forward to reading your story when it’s done, or in progress.

Comment by CMSmith

I intend to start writing it down soon. I am trying to finish another personal essay and send it out for publication. Once that is off my desk, I will begin. I need to get the story out of my head, though I have in some ways with this blog. Thanks for reading. I know time is a precious thing, and so thanks for giving me some of yours!

Comment by jfh48

That’s exactly how I felt about my memoir: I had to get it out of my head. And once I opened the door and started doing that, it actually got more insistent about getting out.

Good luck.

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