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a look at how we remember and write about the past
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Remembering the future

Remembering the future | memoir writing | Scoop.it
How should I spend my lottery winnings? I haven’t won yet, but I can see myself winning. I can easily imagine what I will feel when I win the lottery. But how is it possible when I haven’t ever won the lottery before? How can I imagine a future that hasn’t happened?
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Check Google and you find dozens of discussions of why we can remember the past but not the future. This is one of the most basic.
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Sticky brain or memory like a sieve?

Sticky brain or memory like a sieve? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Do you struggle to remember details? And what does this mean for your psychological wellbeing, asks Ben Ambridge
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Homework for the day: Consider which of the following is more important to you: (1) the verifiable truth of the past; (2) the story of the past you have created out of your memories.
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The danger of forgetting foresight

The danger of forgetting foresight | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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Once you have gone through an experience, it is often hard to remember what life was like before that. This points to one of the major challenges for anybody who writes about the past.
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Prince's memoir in flux with just 50 pages of manuscript to play with

Prince's memoir in flux with just 50 pages of manuscript to play with | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Publishing house Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, is left with just 50 pages of a manuscript the late star reportedly submitted to kick off the project. Prince died aged 57 last week.
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The memoir world is agog with speculation about this unwritten book. Can it be because the books that exist do not give people enough to think about?
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Keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive

Keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive | memoir writing | Scoop.it
A new book helps connect young readers with the reality, and horrors, of the Holocaust
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Review of a book that focuses on the continuation of community memory
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Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Your brain remembers pictures far better than it remembers words
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For many, drawing can conjure up memories better than any other activity
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The headmaster’s memoir: A book by a master of the glib half-truth

The headmaster’s memoir: A book by a master of the glib half-truth | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Rhodes scholar Dev Lahiri’s account of his time at Lawrence School and later at Welham Boy’s School makes for an unsettling reading.
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A devastating essay examining a purported memoir, which the reviewer says "cannot help observing that the inaccuracy and exaggeration in the book reduces its credibility." Something all memoirists must guard agaiinst
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Margot Nash on cracking the structure of memoir documentary The Silences

Margot Nash on cracking the structure of memoir documentary The Silences | memoir writing | Scoop.it
IF - Australia's filmmaker magazine. Film and Television Industry News and Issues for Australian Content Creators
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Four ways to fix celebrity memoirs

Four ways to fix celebrity memoirs | memoir writing | Scoop.it

"As far as literary value goes, celebrity memoirs rank somewhere between romance novels and airport thrillers--they're generally trash."

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An attempt to put a band-aid on gossip and apologetics, to give some weight to the books based on them.

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So you want to be a writer

So you want to be a writer | memoir writing | Scoop.it

"The desire to write comes easily; writing itself is technical and hard."

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After all the theory of writing comes the real business. Most writers would be better advised just to read one line from Sir Philip Sidney: "Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write." To get published -- now that's a whole nother story.

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Be confident with your story

Be confident with your story | memoir writing | Scoop.it

"In today's world of self-publishing, an author needs to speak about his/her memoir with confidence, otherwise, it will be just that much harder to garner publicity and fans and broaden one's network. In this way, authors need to be their best promoters and platform builders regardless of the format of how they are publishing."

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Relax. Life is not a competition. We all have the same starting point and the same end. But there are stresses in between, and showing our naked selves to the world brings out a batch of them.

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The psychology of time and the paradox of how impulsivity and self-control mediate our capacity for presence

The psychology of time and the paradox of how impulsivity and self-control mediate our capacity for presence | memoir writing | Scoop.it
"Consciousness is tied to corporeality and temporality: I experience myself as existing with a body over time."
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We sometimes forget that to write accurately about life we must first live attentively. This essay elaborates on our awareness of time and self
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Sharing information on social media can harm learning and memory 

Sharing information on social media can harm learning and memory  | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Scientists at Cornell University in New York have found that students who reposted information on a social media site remembered less about it and also performed worse in tests.
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Paradoxically, I am more likely to forget what this article says because I am reposting it here.
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 In praise of forgetting

 In praise of forgetting | memoir writing | Scoop.it
FOLDED CORNER - ‘In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and its Ironies’ by David Rieff (Yale University Press, $25, 145 pages)
Gene Bodzin's insight:
Review of a book with a compelling argument not to dredge up the past but to let it stay in the past, because that is where history belongs.
I've posted another review of this book already, but the subject matter and the approach warrant repeating.
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Love, loss, and what we ate

Love, loss, and what we ate | memoir writing | Scoop.it
On her bicultural childhood, being a supertaster, and the drink that saves her on set.
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Almost anything can form the basis of a memoir. This book focuses on the importance of food and clothing in the author's life.
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When memories age

When memories age | memoir writing | Scoop.it
To the brain, it makes a great difference whether we remember experiences from long ago, or if we recollect recent events. RUB neuroscientists have shown that distinct brain networks are involved.
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'Lust and Wonder': The mundane made mean and boring

'Lust and Wonder': The mundane made mean and boring | memoir writing | Scoop.it
There are really only two reasons to write a memoir:
You have had an unusual life, and you have good reason to believe others will want to read about it.
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Crimes of omission and commission examined for all memoirists.
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Review: In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies by David Rieff

Review: In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies by David Rieff | memoir writing | Scoop.it
When does commemoration become obsession, and should we give amnesia a chance?
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A lifelong memory can be flat-out wrong

A lifelong memory can be flat-out wrong | memoir writing | Scoop.it
OPINION: Don't count on your memories. They may pass the test of time, but that doesn't mean they're accurate.
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Apes Can Solve Some Brain Puzzles Faster Than Humans

Apes Can Solve Some Brain Puzzles Faster Than Humans | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal, to be published on April 25 by Norton. One morning, at the Dutch Z
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There are all kinds of brains and all kinds of memory. We have arrogated for ourselves what we consider to be the most significant ways of thinking and remembering. But in this, as in so many things, we should think twice.
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The Strange Case of the Woman Who Can’t Remember Her Past—Or Imagine Her Future

The Strange Case of the Woman Who Can’t Remember Her Past—Or Imagine Her Future | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Meet the first person ever diagnosed with severely deficient autobiographical memory. She knows facts about her life but can't mentally relive any of it.
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“They’re Irish! They’re Catholic!! They’re Guilty!!!”

“They’re Irish! They’re Catholic!! They’re Guilty!!!” | memoir writing | Scoop.it
One does not have to be a writer to compile a memoir. Whatever one commits to paper or voice recording should be done in one’s own style. 
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For most would-be memoirists, no advice may be more important to follow than just to get the words out. Everybody with a past has memories. Few people actually tell the stories.

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Operators are standing by

Operators are standing by | memoir writing | Scoop.it

"The novel is dead. The memoir is dead. The short story is twitching. The author is getting ripe. Who can keep up?"

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Been reading web sites like this for a while, hoping somebody will give you the magic bullet that will make the world salivate for your writing? Your wait is over. 

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