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Re: “Truer Words

Anyone who takes the time, and usually in writing a memoir, pain, must always be taken seriously. James Frey's 'A Million Little Pieces' is a compelling read, but I was left reeling when I entered the author's name into the search engine and discovered the controversy surrounding his story. After such a powerful story I was left in doubt to which parts had been wholly based on fact. I'm sad about that doubt, because I believe that those of us who set about memoir writing do so because we have a story that needs to be told, perhaps for a variety of genuine reasons. I don't think that the memoir should be treated as a creative work, but as a writer, I also believe it can't be done without creativity to add a structure to the story. If you are writing about your life, and digging deep down into your own roots, you will know that the truth never lies.

Posted by Janet Lythe on 02/13/2007 at 11:42 AM

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