Friday, January 11, 2008

Memoir Topic

If you had to write a memoir about your life, what would you focus on?

For my master's thesis, I decided that I wanted to explore the memoir, and he has offered me the option to actually write a memoir instead of just researching some focused topic related to the memoir. I have to select memoirs and read them carefully, learning how I can craft my own.

But when it comes down to it, isn't it strange to analyze our lives and pick apart single focuses of difficulty or a time/period of learning? I find it hard to take my life and stick it under a magnifying glass, even though I try to constantly, but I find it difficult to just choose one focus from life.

So, what would your focus be? I'm pondering a handful.

4 comments:

Megan Bottle said...

Eff the way you-know-who taught us how to write a memoir. I'd write it the way I wanted to.

I'd write it first with no purpose in mind; merely a re-enactment of my life from point A to point B.

I'd probably read it a jillion times, adding things here, taking other things out there, that sort of thing. Then I'd find a trend or pattern between whatever I had recorded, and I'd go back and tweak everything to fit that theme.

I'd learn something about myself through writing the memoir; I wouldn't just write it to tell people what I had already figured out.

Ya know?

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