Writing a Memoir of Restoration, Renewal, and Rediscovery

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

By: Marilyn L. Davis

“It has always been on the written page that the world has come into focus for me. If I can piece all these bits of memory together with the diaries and letters and the scribbled thoughts that clutter my mind and bookshelves, then maybe I can explain what happened. Maybe the worlds I have inhabited for the past seven years will assume order and logic and wholeness on paper. Maybe I can tell my story in a way that is useful to someone else.” ― Nancy Horan, Loving Frank

While Nancy Horan’s book is a novel, this passage helps explain the power of memoir or reflective writing. I’m a huge fan of the genre, in part, because it began my recovery from substance abuse, but more importantly, this type of reflective writing healed me in ways I could not imagine when I first started writing.


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  1. I love that quote above. When I started writing about my own past experiences, several pieces of the puzzle just began to get together in an amazing way. I began to have an insight into what I’ve been through and why I still behaved the way I did.
    It was a revelation, self-realization, a breakthrough in my healing process.

    1. I had that same experience Gretiana! Writing my memoir helped me to understand ME. I also realized that my experience had totally and completely shaped my psyche and thus my personality. No part of me was unaffected. This revelation was huge in my healing process.

  2. Thank you Lyn for always feeding me with great food for thought.

    1. You’re welcome Gretiana!

  3. Marilyn L. Davis

    Hi, Lynette, as always, I appreciate you sharing my memoir pieces from Two Drops of Ink. Encouraging others to write their memoir and hopefully, giving them tips for better memoir writing has helped me improve my own.

    1. You are most welcome Marilyn. I must say, your posts on memoirs are very insightful and I enjoy reading them.

      1. Marilyn L. Davis

        Hi, Lynette, I’m so glad you’re finding them helpful. While writing my memoir, it’s been a good exercise to write about the process of memoir. It helps me stay focused and if I get off track – which we all know can happen, I’ll just reference a post and remind myself that I know better than to detour. She smiles.

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