Memoir Writing

This post is one of 26 I am writing for the A-Z Challenge on the subject of writing a memoir. I’m not an expert in writing memoirs, but I’m exploring the topic with thoughts about writing one, and am happy to share the fruits of my exploration.



A memoir is a factual account. There’s nothing made up (although some believe a memoir can embellish the truth). Except for the dialogue. That’s a convention. We write scenes with dialogue because dialogue makes the scenes more interesting to read. No one expects narrators to remember the exact words someone used to talk – unless you’re discussing a certain word or phrase the speaker always used. It’s accepted that speech is made up. As long as the meaning remains the same, readers don’t mind.

Of course I can’t vouch for the reactions of speakers who don’t like the words attributed to them!

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