Scott Morris said something I will never forget: “A memoir must be artful and not just real. Yes, you’ve lived it—the abuse, the loss, the suffering—now you have to get up and above it, distance yourself, and spin a good yarn. You’ve got to create art from what you lived. We write to reclaim a part of our life,” he said, “but it has to be about the art.”
Susan Cushman (writing blogger) writes, “My favorite memoirists have all done this well: Mary Karr [see photo] has mined a rough childhood for three brilliantly written volumes: The Liar’s Club, Augusten Burroughs has carried his horrific story through nearly a half dozen books. Haven Kimmel’s A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch were anything but sappy confessionals. And Kim Michelle Richardson’s heartbreaking story of abuse at the hands of priests and nuns at the Catholic orphanage where she grew up—The Unbreakable Child—reads more like a novel than a revenge piece.”
Read more—> Writing Memoir: Art vs. Confessional
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