How Not To Write A Memoir, In One Easy Step

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March 4, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg

Here it is!

DON’T LIE.

Don’t claim you survived the Holocaust by living with wolves.

Don’t claim you were practically raised by the Crips while you sold drugs for them and had a foster mom.

And, of course, don’t lie a million times – even if they’re little lies.

If you want to claim it’s some kind of new hybrid fictiomoir, knock yourself out, but mention it in the cover letter. Your agent will want to know.

If you don’t do that, you have what is known as a novel. And even if the marketing departments and the bookstores and the talk show hosts all want edgy memoirs? – you don’t have one.

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I live, work, and write in Edinburgh. I travel to other places as much as I can. To contact me, email writingmostly at gmail dot com.

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