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A nutshot most tasteful

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"I feel, too often, that young artists, upon being criticized, begin as mildly discouraged or frustrated and then go flying headlong into an internet hugbox where all criticism is bad and no one can hurt them again. "

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After the pain of writing comes the pain of rejection. It's all part of the process. Success is not always related to what other people say about your work.

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How to be a better writer: Stephen King

How to be a better writer: Stephen King | memoir writing | Scoop.it
TheTribune: FAMOUS author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.
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Loads of great advice from a master story-teller
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Tiny brain region plays key role in social memory formation

Tiny brain region plays key role in social memory formation | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Research by a group of scientists at the Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore have discovered that a tiny brain region plays a critical role in the formation of social memory and interaction.
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The hippocampus is good for more than was previously known
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‘The only thing harder than writing is not writing’

‘The only thing harder than writing is not writing’ | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Will Ferguson’s most recent novel is The Shoe on the Roof
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Some interesting observations here on the relationship between readers and the characters in memoir and fiction.
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Why sleep is good for our memory

Why sleep is good for our memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of York have shed new light on sleep's vital role in helping us make the most of our memory.
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More than dietary supplements, better than brain games, sleep i the most effective memory booster. Here's why.
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Five secrets to memoir writing: Why are you writing your story?

Five secrets to memoir writing: Why are you writing your story? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Richard Campbell, a life story writing instructor, explains five little secrets you should understand before beginning any memoir writing.
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These were not secrets to me even before I read the article, but they may be points you need to hear again.
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A memoir wrapped inside a murder mystery

A memoir wrapped inside a murder mystery | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Jim Kosmo, like most folks, shakes his head at the recent scandals involving Minnesota and national lawmakers, Hollywood celebrities and others accused of sexual assault or harassment. “It’s …
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Traumas can be so debilitating that they can be overcome only after many years, and then only if they are transmuted.
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All the conflicts in the world are caused by too much remembering

All the conflicts in the world are caused by too much remembering | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Let us try and move on consigning the 20th century to where it belongs history s recesses
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What we remember and what we forget determines our attitudes, both personal and cultural. If we remember the pains of the past but not the lessons, we are much poorer than if we remember the lessons and not the pains.
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Five books exploring questions of memory and identity

Five books exploring questions of memory and identity | memoir writing | Scoop.it
What happens when we can no longer trust our memories? Who are we when we’ve lost our sense of identity? Not surprisingly, science fiction can turn these questions into gripping narratives, taking …
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Fiction can make us reconsider what we know, or thought we knew.
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Why you should write a memoir—even if nobody will read it

Why you should write a memoir—even if nobody will read it | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Among the psychological benefits: It helps people make sense of their lives.
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This article points out the important differences between writing a memoir for publication and writing for self-understanding. 
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Is your memory good enough to convict?

Is your memory good enough to convict? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Award-winning news and culture, features breaking news, in-depth reporting and criticism on politics, business, entertainment and technology.
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Another shot in the battle that occurs when the reliability of memory can have serious consequences for somebody else's life.
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Sleep loss is ruining your memory and concentration

Sleep loss is ruining your memory and concentration | memoir writing | Scoop.it
​Losing sleep makes your brain work demonstrably slowly at the cellular level, according to a new study.
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There are dozens of formulas for improving your memory. Getting more sleep is one of the only ones that has been proven.
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Messing with information in short-term memory

Messing with information in short-term memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Sometimes the world around you is busy. Other times, it is fairly stable. How does that stability affect what you remember from moment-to-moment?
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We normally remember the events and phenomena that we think are important. Sometimes we are wrong.  
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Meet the memory collectors

Meet the memory collectors | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Headline Meet the memory collectors
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A project demonstrating that it's never too early to collect family stories, but that it's sometimes too late
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An obsession with truth, fiction and nature of lies

An obsession with truth, fiction and nature of lies | memoir writing | Scoop.it
As a writer, Richard Flanagan follows his own rules. His 2001 novel, Gould's Book of Fish - a postmodern trip through the colonial and penal history of his native Tasmania - is as chall
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Everybody's life is full of could-have-beens, but few of us convert those lost possibilities into fiction. Here is a story about one such body of speculation. 
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When memory plays tricks

When memory plays tricks | memoir writing | Scoop.it
All ears for a trip down memory lane
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Memory prompts can be helpful, but they can also be undependable.
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Bad memory? Don't worry, you might just be more intelligent

Bad memory? Don't worry, you might just be more intelligent | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Total recall isn't all it's cracked up to be, according to researchers at the University Of Toronto.
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There are many kinds of memory. Forgetting the past is not as serious as forgetting how to get back home. 
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How your life story is central to your identity

How your life story is central to your identity | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Who are you and what’s your life story? Answering one of these questions might tell you a lot about the other.
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We have a greater sense of who we are if we tell our stories.
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The afterlife of a memoir

The afterlife of a memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The writer of a memoir must necessarily reveal a great deal about herself or himself, and often about other people, too. You sacrifice your own privacy, and you sacrifice the privacy of others to whom you may have given no choice. To be the author of a memoir is also to become a confessional for other people. All over the world, people tell me their stories. Sometimes, sharing their stories with me is all they want, and it is enough. Sometimes, they want a wider recognition for their stories. To them, I say this: write, but only if you are sure you want to live with the consequences every day for the rest of your life.
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Write about yourself, write about others, and the genie is out of the bottle. Nobody who knows you will ever look at you in the same way again.
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Bruce Cockburn: Rediscovering his muse

Bruce Cockburn: Rediscovering his muse | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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Writing a memoir can take you back to places you might never consciously revisit.
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The power and promise of public memory

The power and promise of public memory | memoir writing | Scoop.it
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How we perceive history depends in large part on the monuments we see all around us. Recovery from the past depends in turn on how the public uses those monuments.
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Who is your memory hero?

Who is your memory hero? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
The conversation-starting chapter in Shea Serrano’s new book allows for some high-quality reminiscing amongst our staff
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We all have memories of people who in reality were greater or lesser than we remember, especially if we created the memory when we were collecting heroes.
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Memory expert says cops on trial for assault may be 'filling in the blanks'

Memory expert says cops on trial for assault may be 'filling in the blanks' | memoir writing | Scoop.it
Stressful situations can cause false memories to form, a U.K.-based psychologist said during the trial for three Calgary police officers charged with assault.
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There can be a big difference between memories that are fabricated for the occasion and memories that are honestly obscured.
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This map charts the complex landscape of an artist's face

This map charts the complex landscape of an artist's face | memoir writing | Scoop.it
In 1973, the Israeli artist Michael Druks created an unconventional self-portrait.
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Just when you think you have come across every way of representing a life, along comes something like this.
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Can we improve our memory?

Can we improve our memory? | memoir writing | Scoop.it
We don't lose our keys because we're losing our minds -- it's because we're trying to do too many things at once.
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You can't remember what you never knew. (But console yourself with the fact that you can't forget what you never knew either.)
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The autobiography of Gucci Mane sets a new high for the celebrity memoir

The autobiography of Gucci Mane sets a new high for the celebrity memoir | memoir writing | Scoop.it
I read The Autobiography of Gucci Mane because I assumed that, like the rapper in question, it would be funny and entertaining, a fast read to break up the
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This reviewer expected to be disappointed, just because the memoir she picked up was written by a celebrity. Instead she was impressed. Literature has more than one face.
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