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10 Things I Learned While Writing a Memoir

June 23, 2009
  1. You must kiss your pride and dignity goodbye.
  2. There is no such thing as writing a memoir half-way.  You have to jump in with both feet, legs, arms, shoulders, hands, head, and heart.
  3. Everyone remembers the same event differently.
  4. It's fun to relive old memories.
  5. It's agonizing to relive old memories.
  6. If you have any doubt, change names!  Not only to protect the people you're writing about, but yourself.
  7. It's fine to leave things out.  In fact, it's better to leave things out.
  8. No matter how much they ask, your loved ones don't want to know the things you left out.
  9. You have to think of yourself in the third person or as another, separate person altogether if you really want to write truthfully for an audience.
  10. No matter how much they ask for it, never agree to write a sequel.

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