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Operators are standing by

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"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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a look at how we remember and write about the past
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Adjust your beliefs to handle the crappy events in your life better

Adjust your beliefs to handle the crappy events in your life better | memoir writing | Scoop.it
What you believe has a strong impact on how you perceive bad events. If you build your life around your job, losing it can hurt you a lot more than if you believe you can switch jobs and still be happy. Changing those beliefs can help make the inevitable bad events easier to deal with.
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We can wish certain realities into existence, and then believe that they were always true -- in other words, we can "remember" what we once fabricated. As William James said, "The question of having moral beliefs at all or not having them is decided by our will." He followed up with "If your heart does not want a world of moral reality, your head will assuredly never make you believe in one." 
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A stranger in the house of memory

A stranger in the house of memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Of the many experts who figured in Henry Molaison’s life, one man would change him into amnesiac patient H.M., but two women ensured he…
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We have run across H.M. before, but the new perspectives in these books make it worthwhile to revisit his case
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I forgot to remember to forget

I forgot to remember to forget | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Nora Theatre Company's latest asks questions about memory and identity, putting a sci-fi twist on the American family drama, says Jeremy D. Goodwin.
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A play that examines the role of memory in determining who we are. If our memories are malleable, then who are we?
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Why you can't trust yourself

Why you can't trust yourself | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Eight reasons you can’t trust yourself, as demonstrated by psychology.
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The last half of this essay deals with the unreliability of memory and our perceptions.
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The case of .....having a memory like a sieve but twice as leaky

The case of .....having a memory like a sieve  but twice as leaky | memoir writing | Scoop.it
How many times have you heard the phrase: 'Oh, I have a memory like a sieve, If my head wasn't screwed on I would forget that as well.' Maybe you would and I have no doubt many people woul
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An unfortunate but inevitable condition that everybody will recognize
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I am my memories

I am my memories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
No matter how many times any rooster might crow, I will never disown my memories, says Priya A.S. in her memoir, so significantly titled, Ormmayaanu Njaan. In a brilliant womanly stroke of subversive
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A beautifully crafted memoir review, the kind most of us would want our own writing to inspire.
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The memory illusion, or how to create fake memories 

The memory illusion, or how to create fake memories  | memoir writing | Scoop.it
What false memories are teaching us about how remembering works
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There are dozens of reasons why we remember events that never took place. The main reason is that we pile new experiences on top of our memories.
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How not to get sued for your memoir

How not to get sued for your memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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Rule number one in  memoir writing is to tell your truth as you remember it. But if that truth will offend or humiliate somebody else, you must consider other factors -- principles of courtesy and the law -- as well.
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Heartening to have gift of memory

Heartening to have gift of memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
ON THE morning Adam died, I sent an e-mail to some friends to tell them.
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We all have nuggets and gems like this to share.
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Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Cognitive bias cheat sheet | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Because thinking is hard.
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We think we remember the important stuff, but in fact our mind usually remembers what's important for us alone. The factors in Problem 4 in this article are especially relevant to this discussion
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Why do we forget?

Why do we forget? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Two phenomena, known as decay and interference, play a role, depending on what it is we're trying to remember
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Because we do not stop perceiving the world after we register bits of information, memories fade, get disguised, and shift in various parts of our brain.  
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The science of memory: Top 10 proven techniques to remember more and learn faster

The science of memory: Top 10 proven techniques to remember more and learn faster | memoir writing | Scoop.it
A blog about productivity, workflow automation, company building and how to get things done with less work.
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An easy-to-digest primer of information about neuroscience and practical tips for keeping memory sharp
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Some of the ways to improve memory are actually quite simple...
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Study shows group work can harm memory

Study shows group work can harm memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
A new study published in the Psychological Bulletin reveals that collaborating in a group to remember information is harmful.
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This study has interesting implications. For instance, it might explain why the events recalled by families when they all get together might not resonate with the memories of any single individual.
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British game show champ arrested on suspicion of murder over detail in his memoir

British game show champ arrested on suspicion of murder over detail in his memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Joseph Connagh, a British game show champion, was arrested for murder over a detail he included in his 2015 memoir — find out more
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There is justifiable concern over how much truth to reveal in a memoir. Now here's a new reason for concern.
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Is your life interesting enough for a memoir?

Is your life interesting enough for a memoir? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Memoirs and autobiographies regularly fill the top spots on bestseller lists, but not everyone has a life worthy of memoir.
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Everybody has something to say, and everybody's life has lots of interesting incidents, but publication requires another part of the equation: how well the story is told.
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Can your memory be hacked?

Can your memory be hacked? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Canadian memory expert Julia Shaw’s new book, The Memory Illusion, suggests our memory can go awry — but that’s okay
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Another look at The Memory Illusion, a recent book that has been getting lots of attention.
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5 ways to stop short term memory loss

Last week, I discussed the use of supplements to promote brain function. Unfortunately, the evidence is weak that any of these brain boosters do much good. Even so, it’s a booming and lucrative industry.
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Some memory strategies become increasingly important with age. But they work only if you pay attention to them.
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Likely stories

Likely stories | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Wonderful memoir of a child’s desire to become a writer and how she achieved her goal.
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A review admiring a writer whose book details the beginnings of her craft
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Why you are never too young to write a memoir

Why you are never too young to write a memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
You don't have to be an 'elder statesman' to have led an interesting life.
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We all have something to say, some memories that are worth recalling. Some memoirs can benefit from the perspective of youth, when the distancing filter of years has not yet set in.
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How to forget your spouse is wonderful

How to forget your spouse is wonderful | memoir writing | Scoop.it
“Make sure and record as many of your child’s moments as you can, especially in the early years,” said my coworker. “You’d be surprised how quickly she will change.”
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This article importantly points out that perspective and awareness are among the most important factors in creating our memories. Its key message should not be obscured by the sarcastic and cynical comments that follow it.
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Stardust Nation – an unsettling exploration of memory and identity

Stardust Nation – an unsettling exploration of memory and identity | memoir writing | Scoop.it
This graphic novel examines the thin membranes that divide individuals and the messy intersections between identity, repression and depression
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If memory defines who we are, what happens when somebody else appropriates your memories? This and other questions are explored in this novel. 
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Author teaches secret of truth telling

Author teaches secret of truth telling | memoir writing | Scoop.it
TELLING the truth can be fraught with hazard — especially if you write it down.
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Another voice, another perspective
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Your brain hides memories of the things you hear while you’re asleep

Your brain hides memories of the things you hear while you’re asleep | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Research suggests part of test subjects' minds responded to and remembered words heard while sleeping, even if their conscious minds couldn't call up the memories
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We know about Garbage in, garbage out. But we sometimes remember things that went into our heads even if we can't recall when or how.
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Welcome to the post-forgetting world

Welcome to the post-forgetting world | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Security Technologist Bruce Schneier explains how Edward Snowden’s NSA leak ushered in the new global era.
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This article probes some disturbing issues: Has technology made privacy obsolete? Can we still have private thoughts and individualized memories, or have social media defined us as individuals and a society? 
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New clues about the way memory works in infancy

New clues about the way memory works in infancy | memoir writing | Scoop.it
By Alex Fradera  Can we form memories when we are very young? Humans and non-humans alike show an "infantile amnesic period" – we have no memory of anything that happens during this time (usually up to age three or four in humans) which might suggest we can’t form very early memories. But of course it might be…
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Neuroscience is still trying to figure out why we don't hold on to our earliest memories 
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