“I don’t know where the idea originated that memoir writing is cathartic. For me, it’s always felt like playing my own neurosurgeon, sans anesthesia. As a memoirist, you have to crack your head open and examine every uncomfortable thing in there.”
Having already wrestled through the arduous process of writing a memoir, I can’t say I’m particularly looking forward to working on my next one.
There is a massive amount of research that goes into it, as anyone who has written a book – much less a nonfictional book – can confirm: checking dates, reading reports, studying newspaper clippings, thumbing through old journals, watching muffled, fuzzy videos. The messy, ugly first drafts. The tears. The struggle to write. The bafflement. The doubt – am I equipped to do this? Who is going to want to read this anyway? What am I trying to say with this? Was I…
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