Writing memoir: Garden or Jungle?

Christina Haag, author of Come to the Edge about her childhood friendship and five-year love affair with John F. Kennedy Jr., was profiled on her writing process in January 14th’s Wall Street Journal.

She said, “The real question for me as a writer was not so much how to remember but what to leave out. I once heard writing fiction described as planting a garden in the desert, and memoir as weeding in the jungle.”

Great article. Lacking time to summarize more for you, I urge you to follow the link, read, and think about how your experience in writing memoir compares to Haag’s.

 

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My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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