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Sohia Rose
01-24-2007, 09:09 AM
Just curious how many of you memoirists are writing a memoir about writing?

During the course of writing my memoir, I felt the need to keep a journal about the process of writing a memoir, the frustrations, the adventures, the feedback (okay, my angst too :D ). I tried to ignore putting my thoughts/feelings into a journal, but somehow writing about it makes me feel better (and it's cheaper than therapy!).

What about you?

johnrobison
01-24-2007, 03:55 PM
If you want to interest a publisher in your memoir, and you are not famous, you need to have done something the public - at least some portion of it - will want to read about it.

Examples might be walking the Appalachian trail, being the youngest person to get admitted to Harvard, or even the life of a doctor on an Indian Reservation.

If writing was a key to something else - such as leading you out of madness or extreme depression - there might be something there.

If you wrote a huge bestseller and came out of nowhere, people might want to read "how I did it."

Otherwise, I don't think writing about writing is a topic for a memoir. It's a topic for articles in a writing magazine or a how-to book about being a writer.

Anthony Ravenscroft
01-27-2007, 10:33 PM
There is certainly room for metafiction, where the telling of the story becomes part of the story. Look at Hunter Thompson's "gonzo journalism" or the fiction of Barry Malzberg or films like Sherman's March or Gladiatorema or the final act of Walker.