Get out your Memoir notebooks. and a pen. And your book club text. Memoir-- retrospective. Looking backwards in time Almost always a now and then . Sense in text, being written by someone older and wiser, looking backwards Making sense of prior experiences Re-experiencing memories
and a pen.
And your book club text.
“Mostly we writers repeat ourselves– that’s the truth. We have two or three great moving experiences in our lives– experiences so great and moving that it doesn’t seem at the time that anyone has been caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and humbled in just that way ever before.”
We continually mine these experiences.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Serves as a window to a life
- Some exposition (essay like structure-- telling)
- Anecdotes/small moments/ related stories
I gazed out at the azure ocean. I could feel the salt spray on my fingertips. The coarse grains of wet, yellow sand oozed between my toes.