So as much as we think we know about our story, there is far more waiting to surprise us when our own words hit the page. This is the underlying fascination that memoir has always held for readers down through the centuries: we accompany the writer in her quest for self-knowledge, and along the way — because we too are human, and all good stories take us from the personal to the universal — we too can start to see the thread of our own story with new eyes. — Roger Housden




It’s a dare to write memoir because the question that is always implicit in your story is “Who am I?” Who is this person around whom the significance of the story revolves? This is the real adventure of memoir — the journey of self-discovery you embark on as you enter more and more deeply into the layers of your experience. The first great memoirist was Emile Rousseau. In his “Confessions,” he says that

I have nothing but myself to write about, and this self that I have, I hardly know of what it consists.

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