“Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.” ― Veronica Roth
A few weeks ago I did a presentation on memoir writing. On Thursday I look forward to a similar presentation when I’ll talking with a geneology group at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Throughout my various book tours and presentations, I’ve had numerous people say to me that if they wrote their life story it would be filled with people who have taken advantage of them or made their lives difficult for one reason or another. Thus, I am very aware of the need to mention “that sadly not everyone’s life story is happy and some people write for cathartic reasons.”
“Something to think about,” I say, “is to share your experiences in a way that helps other people.”
The typical response is “I hadn’t thought about that approach, I just was thinking of voicing my anger.”
If you have had an unpleasant childhood or difficult life experiences, memoir writing is a great way to rise above it. Your readers will be looking for something they can relate to and learn from. Give them your story of challenge to triumph. Everyone likes to hold onto stories of champions and hope.
Here is a good article about why it is beneficial to read memoirs. http://memorywritersnetwork.com/blog/eight-benefits-of-reading-memoirs/.
Things to keep in mind as you go forward with your memoir writing.
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Wonderful idea to turn negatives into positives!