All demonstrate the power of the word to salvage from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving. bonds people together far more than shared chromosomes . And it had a profound effect upon me." ~Mary Caplain, about her experience doing a 40-minute interview with Story Corps (link below)I can't stress enough how different it is to write about the real and the unreal.
~ Tristine Rainer, author of Your Life as Story and Writing the New Autobiography"Do I -- do we -- remember only those scenes that fit neatly into the central narrative in which we're most invested, the one that dovetails most cleanly and neatly with the sense of self that we've chosen or that's been imposed on us by the people around us? When I started writing my memoir my whole metabolism changed.
" ~ Frank Bruni, Memoirs and Memory (by the author of Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater Families are united more by mutual stories -- of love and pain and adventure -- than by biology. I'd just turned 50 and I assumed it was just age, but I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning and I had the most delicious lie-ins of my life!
But as we went along I realized that it was actually a funny kind of therapy.
I told Joyce things that I hadn't told another living soul except my wife Kim.
Communing with your significant dead is what it amounts to, and that is an exhausting thing.
Not unpleasant, but still hard work." ~ Martin Amis, on BBC's website about writing one's memoirs"Every American may be working on a screenplay, but we are also continually updating a treatment of our own life - and the way in which we visualize each scene not only shapes how we think about ourselves, but how we behave, new studies find.
I've just never known what to expect nextbut it all happened whether I was ready or not." ~ From a story on coastal181about the autobiography of Kenny Wallace, a popular NASCAR driver and SPEED TV personality, written with Joyce Standridge Storycatching, life telling, life writing (visually, orally, in print, audio, video) capturing a life story and life lessons for future generations Do it yourself or hire a personal historian (your memoir ghostwriter) to help!
(this section has its own table of contents)(in several categories: Writing personal and family histories, Memoir writing as discovery, Memoirs, healing and self-understanding, Memoirs from writing prompts, Anthologies, The art and craft of memoir and biography)Everyone has a story to tell but many of us need help telling it or finding the time to record, collect, and edit the stories of other family members.
I started out the way I was raised, in the old-time mountain style, and Ive never wavered from it. I think that means a whole lot to the audience the people knows exactly what to expect. As everyone has said, something happens in that booth, where your very private thoughts that rumble around in your head and your memories suddenly come forth, and the voice that Dave just talked about, thats your soul.
Old-Timer, Still Telling Mountain Tales Charles Mc Grath, NYTimes, about Ralph Stanley, old-time mountain music artist, and his new memoir, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times, written with Eddie Dean My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History , ed. "At last, a collection that shows the "why, what, and how" behind memoir as legacy. Somehow it reaches down and touches that part of us thats not often touched....
Then seeing important events in my life and racing in print, I understood why it's so easy for me to bond with the fansmost people's lives are about dealing with disappointment, broken promises, and failed dreams, as well as great joy and satisfaction.
I've lived the Great American Dream on the tracks, but I've lived the Great American Nightmare in the garages, too.
I was honour-bound really to dig deep and bring memories, perhaps, that had been suppressed for a long time, that I would have preferred, perhaps, to remain in the sediment of my life.