Remembrance in Memoir: What Does It Take?

Diane Taylor

Dear Steve,

I’m really glad you asked this question in my memoir writing workshop last week:

         “What three qualities do people who complete their memoir have?”

Since then, I’ve consulted two authors of published memoirs who sent me their three qualities. Then, I came up with four. All in all, we now have ten personal qualities that help lead to a completed memoir.

Ronald Mackay, author of A Scotsman Abroad http://editura.mttlc.ro/ronald-mackay-scotsman-abroad.html (about a two-year period of his life in Romania, and published on line by the University of Bucharest in 2016) sent me these:

“Be daring”: I found I needed to ‘screw my courage to the sticking place’ just to overcome self-doubt and the fear of appearing self-indulgent by writing about my own life.

“Avoid temptation”: When I worked in Bucharest, I was a ‘babe-in-the-woods’. Nevertheless, I decided to write from that ingenuous perspective and not as…

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you Lynette, and congratulations on finishing and publishing your memoir. Wonderful achievement.

    1. Thank you Diane. It’s been a long journey. But I’m still not quite there yet. It won’t be published until February 2017.

  2. Oh, sorry, I misunderstood. Just around the corner, though.

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