You can approach writing a memoir as soul work or you can approach writing as a depressing, meaningless struggle. Like many readers of this blog, I myself struggle with the concept of what it means to me to be a writer. Notice I have written “what it means to me.” I am not much concerned […]
Art and memoir writing are easy bedfellows. While the memoir writer works with facts, data and a fixed historical timeline, let yourself be guided by the idea of “memoir writer as artist.” It opens up your writing.
Every memoirist is also an artist who manipulates material to create something that exists on its own. The memoir inevitably creates a world fashioned by art, wherein metaphor and image play a dominant role, story telling is essential and esthetics rule.
It’s my sense that art and memoir writing ought not to be ever separated.
The memoir writer as artist is an important concept that will enable you to write a deeper memoir than would the limitations of “memoir writer as journalist.” In this section are posts which explore this notion of the memoir writer as artist.
A memoir writer is an artist. If you are writing your lifestories, you have begun to do the work of the artist, to create as an artist creates. Although you may not think of yourself as a maker of art, you are engaging in the artist’s process of creating order out of chaotic reality.
To make art is to embark on a journey of discovery that leads inevitably, even if in a meandering way, to a greater understanding of yourself and your life. When you practice an art regularly and learn to do it well, your emotions and ideas are disciplined through working within the form of that art and they are transformed. This process of creation has the power to teach you how to live your life— and it will continue to provide insights as long as you pursue your art honestly and deeply. This, too, is the work of memoir writing. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]