on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
I have often said that memoir is the highest form of fiction. By that, I’m not encouraging memoirists to make things up. I am simply reminding them that a good memoir must read like fiction, but it must also be honest.
Honesty lies at the heart of every memoir. The author must adhere to the truth (allowing for the fact that there are different ways of interpreting it). Memoirists who lie to themselves, who sugarcoat, self-censor, exaggerate, or in any way compromise the integrity of their stories not only do a disservice to themselves but to us. The reason we enjoy reading memoirs is to gain insight, and to better understand the human condition.
Do not be afraid to tell the truth if you are writing a memoir. Don’t hold back. And when you are finished writing your life, go get it…
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