I began writing some stuff for my possible memoir. One thing I'm afraid of is using real names and fearing anger from those people. There was one girl I hated for so long. I didn't even mention my family members by name in my preliminary writing.
Is a memoir really a good way to go? How much detail do you need? It isn't supposed to the same as an autobiography, so says this link:
Choose the right story to tell. Keep in mind as well that a memoir is not really the same thing as an autobiography; often, a memoir only deals with a single subject or a certain time in your life. What are the compelling and engaging stories of your life? Which of those stories would make a great memoir?
And from Wikipedia:
A memoir (from French: mémoire: memoria, meaningmemory or reminiscence) is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private that took place in the subject's life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. While memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of biography or autobiography since the late 20th century, the genre is differentiated in form, presenting a narrowed focus. A biography or autobiography tells the story of a life, while a memoir often tells a story from a life, such as touchstone events and turning points from the author's life. The author of a memoir may be referred to as a memoirist.
I am trying to concentrate on my depression and what I am terming my "Prozac journey" and how I came to terms with this all. I see this as a series of delays and detours on my journey. I have written a prologue, giving some introduction to how I came to terms with my depression and how I came to write my story. I then began some descriptions of how I didn't quite fit in and didn't seem like most other kids. I had several recollections that fit this and kept some brief and to the point. I did not quote any dialogue [can't remember all that for sure :-) ]. And some I did not tell a lot of detail of. But then, I am only beginning. I am now trying to decided how many specific events I need to recall that seemed to have contributed to my depression tendencies.
Tell the truth. Too many memoir writers have been publicly and embarrassingly brought down by taking creative licence a little too far. If you’re veering too far into fantasy, call it a novel, not a memoir.
I'm only beginning, perhaps I could try a fictionalized memoir? What I have written sounds like memoir, and a fictionalized can be written in first person as can be a true memoir. But a novel can be written in third person as well. Trying to come up with names for a fictional character isn't easy. If I did this, I'd try to avoid overly used ones, but not use something overly cute. As someone who reads more fiction and once dreamed of writing a novel, this is seeming hard to do. But as I said, I'm afraid of using real names in a "truthful" memoir. How will they react if the book becomes a reality? I read a little of everything, but tend to read more fiction than nonfiction. Would it make sense to write fiction, then?
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