By: Marilyn L. Davis
“I took a trip down Memory Lane. I drove in reverse.” ― Jarod Kintz, Sleepwalking is Restercise
While humorous, Jarod Kintz often captures concepts and ideas and re-frames them in an amusing way. However, going in reverse is exactly what we do in writing a memoir. We have the advantage of living through the events and writing about them in hindsight.
But just as objects are distorted, and our perception altered in a reverse mirror, so are our memories. We are now filtering the experience through what we know today. And the important thing is that we know the outcome; something we didn’t know during the event.
That may seem like a subtle difference; living the event versus writing about the experience, but this difference is what can make memoir appealing or just a rehash of the facts and perceptions. It’s the modifications of the event…
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