Reading Other Memoirs

One of the people in the Tuesday group suggested I start reading other memoirs to get some ideas.  I had already read Angela’s Ashes a number of years ago, but I don’t remember much about it.  I heard the Glass Castle is good so I took it out of our local library the other day.  I can’t put it down.  Her upbringing reminds me a lot of my husband’s.  Then, I read in the newspaper that it took her six months to write it and five years to edit.  Yikes!  I don’t know if I have that long.  Anyway, that was a good suggestion.  First of all, I learned that it’s more of a story than just listing facts.

I’m going to buy the book, Your Life as Story, to find out the structure of a story.


About suesmemoir

I'm a retired business teacher with a new endeavor. I'm hooked on creating a memoir for my family. I've been reading books about writing and taking college classes in order to make my work come alive. This is my first attempt at creative non-fiction. Prior to becoming engrossed in the craft of writing, I wrote college term papers and business letters. Please join me as I share the process with you and continue on my journey of memoir writing.
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One Response to Reading Other Memoirs

  1. Althea Boushie says:

    Sue, I read the Glass Castle several years ago and, like you, I could not put it down. I remember thinking at the time that it takes a great deal of courage to bare your soul like the author did when she wrote that memoir. I am impressed with how far you have come and how much you have learned. Keep it up. Althea

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