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Why is it so hard for women to write about sex?

Why is it so hard for women to write about sex? | memoir writing | Scoop.it

To describe sex that actually happened—real sex has a charge you don’t find in erotica (a k a porn for girls)—requires even the boldest of writers to stare down the specter of modesty. If Nin did just a fraction of the things she describes in her diaries, which began appearing almost half a century ago, it would be plenty. With a narcissist’s zeal, she vanquished inhibition, as every sex memoirist must. If you’re in this business, you’ve got to forget about the existence of your mother—or the existence of anyone’s mother. 

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A memoir writer can reach a wider audience by exploring some uncomfortable depths and capturing the intense emotional truths that grew out of experience. For a variety of technical and psychological reasons, that is never easy. 

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‘Rememory’ and the future of memory

‘Rememory’ and the future of memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In films, our memories can be recorded and downloaded. Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez weighs in on the real-life state of memory research.
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As a result of technology, we are required to keep less in our memory than we used to. What and how we remember is also changing. Where is this going?
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Kindness comes back on wisps of memory

Kindness comes back on wisps of memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
I remember that I liked him and that he was a good teacher. He was a diocesan priest and taught a course on counseling in the seminary.
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A brief memory, a character sketch, built with the kinds of thoughts that inspire memoirs.
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How the internet is ruining your memory

How the internet is ruining your memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Our reliance on digital devices and the internet has never been greater, but is that reliance taking it’s toll on our memory?
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Not so many years ago, memory was one of our most important tools. Today we relegate so much information to virtual storage devices that we are required to remember less and less. What are the consequences?
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Universal brain activation discovered when reading stories

Universal brain activation discovered when reading stories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
New research at USC shows universal brain activity in the comprehension of stories for the first time. 
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The stories we tell ourselves and others in large measure influences how we perceive the world and the future.
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How to make your life story life-changing 

How to make your life story life-changing  | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Dr. Diana Raab talks about how writing can create healing and transformation, no matter who you are or whether anyone reads what you wrote.
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Writing a life story can be therapeutic, whether that is your intent or not.
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Memory versus media: Creating false memories with virtual reality

Memory versus media: Creating false memories with virtual reality | memoir writing | Scoop.it
At the Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab, 6-year-old Sam listened intently to an experimenter describing a fictitious scenario where Sam was swimming with two friendly orca whales in beautiful blue water. When Sam was questioned if he could recall ever swimming with the orca whales in real life, he vehemently shook his head. [...]
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As technology becomes more sophisticated, intentionally implanted memories may become more common.
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How one bestselling author left faith, family and fold

How one bestselling author left faith, family and fold | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Tova Mirvis comes out with a new memoir chronicling her divorce and departure from the denomination and community she grew up with
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It can be just as hard to write about life as it was to make the hard choices along the road.
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Memoir of loss and coping

Memoir of loss and coping | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Life After MH370 tries to make sense of an unthinkable event — the loss of one’s wife in a flight that vanished mysteriously — and the struggle to carry on
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The aftereffects of trauma are unfathomable to those who have not suffered directly, and even more difficult for those who have. Even for a writer who has written about personal loss and grief, it is hard to understand how this author could have organized his thoughts enough to write this book.
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Memory and Kent State

Memory and Kent State | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Confronting Fundamental Problems of the Human Condition and Pressing Problems of the Day
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How we remember the past depends largely on the words we use to describe it. They in turn depend on the descriptions of eyewitnesses. If they bias the reports, so will history.
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'My Immortal' memoir canceled: Author says she's been 'branded a liar'

'My Immortal' memoir canceled: Author says she's been 'branded a liar' | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Rose Christo, revealed last month to be the apparent author of the legendary fan fiction 'My Immortal,' has had her memoir canceled
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There's an implicit understanding between the author of a memoir and the readers that the book will contain the truth, as much of it as the author can bear to share. When a writer consciously breaks that contract, something's got to give.
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My 150 writing mentors and me

My 150 writing mentors and me | memoir writing | Scoop.it
What interviewing an author a week for several years has taught me about finishing my novel
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You must sharpen your skill as a wordsmith if you are going to tell your life story effectively. It can be encouraging to learn that writing is arduous work for all writers. 
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Editors’ picks: The all-time best Narratively memoirs

Editors’ picks: The all-time best Narratively memoirs | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In Narratively's first five years, our memoirists have scoured the world for Nazis, helped strangers with severed fingers, navigated life as a clown, and much more.
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Inspiration for those who enjoy reading memoirs.
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Memory for details matures gradually

Memory for details matures gradually | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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This study suggests why we do not remember specifics about our early life.
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Searching my memory takes longer now

Searching my memory takes longer now | memoir writing | Scoop.it
“Try to remember that time in September,” goes one of my favorite songs from the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” But I’ve forgotten the rest of the words.
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Memories come in flashes, sometimes insignificant, sometimes incapable of being shared.
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Beth Ann Fennelly accidentally wrote a micro-memoir

Beth Ann Fennelly accidentally wrote a micro-memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
New book ‘Heating & Cooling’ explores her life through 52 tiny pieces of prose.
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There is no end of possible stylistic forms that life stories might take. Here is one of the more unusual.
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Why the line between fact and fiction is even blurrier online

Why the line between fact and fiction is even blurrier online | memoir writing | Scoop.it
When you write novels, you take from the world what you must, and give back what you can, and you take it for granted that the imagination is sovereign. But
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Do you wonder which of your observations are real and which are fabricated? So do many writers.
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Amnesia? It’s because of, um, er, now where was I?

Amnesia? It’s because of, um, er, now where was I? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Contemporary technologies detach us from the past and addict us to the future
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We tend to forget more and more, and this author contends it is not because we are getting older. It is because modern life encourages us to dismiss the past. 
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Learning and memory: How do we remember and why do we often forget?

Learning and memory: How do we remember and why do we often forget? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Are memory and recall really so complicated? The bigger question is, “How do we remember and why do we often forget?” Like health, everyone’s memory is impacted by an infinite number of variables that can lead to a wide range of outcomes depending upon the circumstances. Familiarity with those conditions and the accompanying terms [...]
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Just as there are many ways to remember, there are many reasons to forget. This article describes some of them.
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Local memoirists share experiences

Local memoirists share experiences | memoir writing | Scoop.it
When recently retired grant writer Karen Glaser sat down to try her hand at creative writing, she knew she had a story to tell. It would incorporate political upheaval, police violence, even a death threat from a band of left-wing guerrilla-inspired radicals. “I knew it was there,” she said. “I knew it was dramatic.” The trick was to tell it in such a way that her readers would find it equally as dramatic. And as Ms. Glaser, 75, continues to revise and revise again her tentatively titled work, The Reluctant Revolutionary, she’s quick to admit that’s a tough hurdle to clear. Of course she thinks it’s compelling: It happened to her. Ms. Glaser is one of numerous area memoirists who mine personal experience to share stories with wide-reaching appeal. It’s a genre that demands
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If you've ever wondered how and why to write about your past, you are in good company. Hundreds of people wonder the same things, and the reasons are as diverse as the people with the answers.
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Road to a memoir

Road to a memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Two-time memoirist Elena Gorokhova shares how she illuminates the past on the page in this interview.
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Some valuable advice for budding memoir writers.
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One Woman's Mission: Turning '7' memories into memoirs for posterity

One Woman's Mission: Turning '7' memories into memoirs for posterity | memoir writing | Scoop.it
You could call it her mission, or you could call it her passion. Whatever you call it, Pacific Beach resident Patricia Benesh is determined to change the face
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For those having trouble pinning the first words down, there is help.
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‘Marjorie Prime‘ explores memory and technology

‘Marjorie Prime‘ explores memory and technology | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In the quietly stirring drama “Marjorie Prime,” writer-director Michael Almereyda and a quartet of sensitive actors explore the idea of memory — and how much of who we are is based on what we remember about ourselves and what others remember about us.
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A dramatic representation of how memories recur and change.
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Now, the latest on memoir publishing

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Write a memoir? Good. But it takes a lot to get people to read it.
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Aging for amateurs: The healing of memory

Aging for amateurs: The healing of memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Years ago, I was doing life review with an older patient in Medical University Hospital. She went on cheerily about her childhood in Scotland, glad to recollect the memories. Then
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We all have a sense of a life story, but particular incidents in our past -- especially painful events -- sometimes conflict with that over-riding narrative. How do we finally come to terms with the pain after years of suppression? This article points the way.
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Never forgetting a face might just be a super power

Never forgetting a face might just be a super power | memoir writing | Scoop.it
COLD COFFEE: Seeing people you recognise every time you venture out may not just be a coincidence, it might be a super power.
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You never hear anybody claim they remember your name but can't quite recall your face. This article is about  people at the other extreme, who can remember every face.
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