“Each word I write drops a little more of me onto the page. In time, I will be the book, the book will be me, and the story will be told.”
Do memoirists have better memories than the rest of us? No. They tend to keep journals.
And they also paraphrase/create dialogue - they don’t remember conversations word for word. They also point out that each person tells a different story of the same circumstance because you can’t fact check memory. Accuracy in chronology is not as important to them as the story of the events overall. Mixing in humor/historical or scientific facts to parallel your own personal history can make things more universal and appealing to more readers.
In the end, a memoir is about relationships. With ourselves, our religion, our family, our politics, our food, our arts, our geography - or a lament over the lack of any of these relationships. ‘No story is too familiar if you find a unique lens to frame it.’”
HENRY: So what, you just like trade your daughter to another country to stop world war two or something?
HENRY: They’d better not take that pug from the girl from Spider-man. Oh my GOD they did. I hate France.
HENRY: I want a feather pen.
SAL: They are really heavy and hard to write with. You have to dip them in ink. They leave blotches.
HENRY: You don’t think I know that stuff? I tried to make a feather pen.
HENRY: Is he wearing a wig? Why is a big butt dress supposed to be fancy? Everyone likes big butts. They cannot lie. This is where the song probably came from.
HENRY: Instead of kissing at the wedding they should do the chicken dance.
Henry: Are there explosions in this?
HENRY: Is everyone going to watch them go to bed? Are they dying? Okay is everyone going to go in their room every night?
HENRY: Uhhh (boob shot)
HENRY: Did they want them to have a kid their first night together?! Um, they kinda have to know each other first. Jeez.
HENRY: I can’t wait to go to France and eat pastries.
ME: They’re just like the ones at the patisserie.
HENRY: No. They’re better. Mom, it’s Paris.
HENRY: Do they have to make a baby here at some point? God, that would be annoying. This prince is a weirdo. He makes keys.
SAL: Why is the King with that girl? That’s not the queen? Ew!
HENRY: What about that pug?
HENRY: They said the princess is fooling around, but the prince is never sleeping with her.
HENRY: Don’t walk behind that huge dress! Peacock! CA-CAWWW!!
reblogged from Kelly Oxford