Memoir

WriPaMeNo, Day 29: It’s a Dog’s Life (Too)

WriPaMeNo, Day 29: It’s a Dog’s Life (Too)

Welcome to day 29 of the Write Part of My Memoir in November challenge, poor puppy edition.  Earlier today, I found myself filled with terror, followed by great pain. Stay with me here. The ordeal was over far more quickly than the telling will be. A dog of many beds It all started when I […]

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WriPaMyMeNo, Day 28: Revenge, Revisited

WriPaMyMeNo, Day 28: Revenge, Revisited

Revenge can work well in a memoir if deployed sparingly and strategically. Here are a few ideas of how.

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WriPaMemNo, Day 26: Are You Ready to Write a Memoir?

WriPaMemNo, Day 26: Are You Ready to Write a Memoir?

Are you ready to write a memoir? Here’s a selection of questions from a pop quiz in Mary Karr’s Art of the Memoir that might help.

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WriPaMemNo Day 25: To Curse or Not to Curse?

WriPaMemNo Day 25: To Curse or Not to Curse?

The persona of my memoir is no prude, but she doesn’t use curse words — although I do. Here’s why I make the distinction.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 24: Finding A Soundtrack

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 24: Finding A Soundtrack

I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then: That’s the memoirist’s dilemma — and also my official soundtrack.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 23: Re-Reading the Past

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 23: Re-Reading the Past

Would one of the books that I found inspirational in high school — one that changed my life — hold up to scrutiny by the older me?

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 22: Murder, She Wrote

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 22: Murder, She Wrote

Since I can’t sustain the anger that fuels polemical writing in my humorous pieces, I have to commit cold-blooded murder — of my words.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 20:  Hacks and Flacks

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 20: Hacks and Flacks

In writing, as in life, sometimes the perfect is the enemy of the good.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 19: The Present Is Postscript

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 19: The Present Is Postscript

With knowledge comes responsibility — and an urge to revise your manuscript. Stop me before I learn again.

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Write Part of My Memoir In November, Day 18: My Dog & Marcel Proust

Write Part of My Memoir In November, Day 18: My Dog & Marcel Proust

What do Marcel Proust, a small Tucson dog, and cold sesame noodles have in common? Read on.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 17: The Logic of Memory

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 17: The Logic of Memory

Logic, not the power of concentration or the poetry of free association, often helps me remember events from the past. What works for you?

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 16: Paris Edition

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 16: Paris Edition

My own private Paris, from the fantasies I had about the city as a French-studying high school student to the realities of Friday’s violence.

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