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I believe that this material about the construction of good stories is equally important for memoir writing as fiction because a memoir is nothing more than one of many stories we have lived through.
We must consider the people who share or impacted our story and how our writing about them impacts them. We can hurt feelings. Does that matter? Do we have enough distance to be rational about what happened?
A memoir is more than an autobiography or record of what you did or what happened to you over the course of your life. An autobiography is a broad look at your life. Think of a theme as “What this book is about,” or “What holds these stories together.
I just don’t think we should read this book and go from its pages unchanged.