Today is generally the day when many people state their new year’s resolutions. Grand plans for dreams, goals, and aspirations.
I’m not going to do that.
Instead, I’m going to state my intention to continue working on my memoir. I’m going to promise myself that I will not give up on sharing my story.
For my fellow writers out there, I highly recommend Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art From Trauma by Melanie Brooks. This collection is such an inspiration, providing insight into how different writers took something hard/terrible/horrific and used it to create something beautiful/meaningful/relevant.
Here are a few passages I’d like to share with you:
“The reason I write memoir is to be able to see the experience itself in a new way. I hardly know what I think until I write. The therapy is one way of sort of processing things. But it’s only in writing about some of these things that we discover and understand the metaphors of our experience that give our life meaning. Writing is a way to organize your life, give it a frame, give it a structure, so that you can really see what it was that happened.” – Sue William Silverman
“I was a writer, and then this big thing happened in my family. And the way that I tend to try to understand things is through stories – both things that I write and things that I read. That’s the deepest way I know of expressing something inexpressible.” – Joan Wickersham
“You take what you’ve been through, and if you are a writer, you have to write about it.” – Suszanne Strempek Shea
“It really becomes memoir, though, when you open up space for others to enter – when it becomes about more than you, or your family, or your own personal feelings.” – Edwidge Danticat
“Don’t forget, it’s scarier not to do it than to do it.” – Abigail Thomas