Memoir: Personal Insight

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Back on its golden hinges, The gate of Memory swings, And my heart goes into the garden, And walks with the olden things.””~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

William Faulkner often complained that contemporary literature has brought a loss of vitality to writing. However, there are many who would say that memoirs change all that.

The reader of a memoir can liken the experience to being in a confessional dropping in on someone else’s life. Self-exposure and raw emotions of humanity are what attracts the reader to it’s fulfilling content. Indeed, we are a voyeuristic society.

A novelist hints at possible connections between character and writer, but with the memoir, the writer tells all. It makes the literary form easy to digest, in that the reader is not left with the question “How did this writer come up with this story?” The events in the story are real life occurrences. Rather, we are sometimes left with the thought “I can’t believe this guy did this or that happened!” Often, there is tantalizing or inspirational energy behind the story

 Not every person has scathing accusations or hot tell-all revelations to shout out in a story, but it that does not mean a person’s life is not interesting to the reader.

There couldn’t be a better time in publishing to write a memoir.  E-books provide a very appealing way to publish for people who wish to write their memoirs.. Independent publishing has made it possible for people in all walks of life to begin fulfilling their dreams by writing their personal narrative.

Don’t know where or how to start? The Colorado Independent Publishers Association offers help through an 18 minute webinar that gives some very good insight. Here is the link.

This blog brought to you by Sue Batton Leonard, author of the memoir “Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected. Click here for info & ordering

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