When I was writing my memoir, Chasing Ghosts, I used some of my childhood and early adulthood diaries. I was about to recycle them when I heard an interview with Dr Irving Finkel on Saturday Live about The Great Diary Project. The brainchild of Dr Finkel and Dr Polly North, the Great Diary Project was … Continue reading Dear Diary
A relative, on reading my memoir, pointed out some errors relating to my memory of my brother’s funeral. I replied that a memoir consists of the writer’s memories, so I wasn’t worried about her recalling the event somewhat differently. Who is to say who is right? Memory is a very personal thing and most memoir … Continue reading Memoir: Truth or Fiction?
‘Shut your mouth and open your ears’ is one tip I found when looking for advice on how to work with an editor. Another advisor entreated me to view my editor as an ally. True but tricky. I’m used to working with colleagues on government policy documents so I’ve never felt ownership of those. But … Continue reading Working with my editor