You only need one reason to write a memoir and all it has to be is whatever it takes to make me (the reader) want to read it.
Not just the blurb on the jacket that tells me the pain you suffered, the massive amount of loss you endured and the depths to which your very being fell.
All of that moves me, yes. And there are millions of people who have suffered, who have lost and who remain in those depths waiting to see light.
So what makes you so special?
In other words, why should I read about your terrible circumstances when all I have to do is watch the news?
The answer is because you made it; you survived and have something to tell me, to teach me. I can only learn from your disadvantages, your misfortunes, and your journey through fire, burns and all, you saw the light and now you can show me.
Because if all you have are complaints and rants, excuses and anger, you are still a victim looking for someone to blame.
And to some degree that’s all of us.
What is worth reading when questions are left un-answered? Memoirs give us answers in the form of someone else’s road map out of troubles. There’s hope along that road and there’s optimism even if it’s in a few small steps.
It may be one of those steps that connects to a reader’s plight and marks a new beginning, a new understanding. It could be one reader but chances are it will be many.
So I’ll ask you,
Why are you writing a memoir?
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