In Why We Write About Ourselves, twenty of America’s most successful memoirists answer this question – and share the nuts and bolts of how they do it.
Twenty acclaimed memoirists tell all about the truths, tips, and tricks of their trade.
What moves memoirists to make their most personal stories public? In Why We Write About Ourselves, twenty of America’s most successful memoirists answer this question – and share the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Exploring such issues as the reliability of memory, the ethics of disclosure, and how to protect others’ privacy without self-censoring, these bestselling memoirists reveal what keeps them going during the tough times and what they love most – and least – about revealing themselves in print.
“You must do your work and it must cost you everything to do it”
“A memoirist’s contract with the reader is that you’re telling the truth and nothing but the truth”
“People think my memoirs are very easy to write because I do sound like I talk. They don’t know it takes me five drafts for it to sound that way”
“If I were an aspiring memoirist, the first thing I’d do is go visit my grandparents for a couple of months”
“If you’re not uncomfortable and scared while you’re writing, you’re not writing close enough to the bone”