STATUS: Is it really three in the afternoon already? It just can’t be…
What’s playing on the iPod right now? GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT by C&C Music Factory
Last but not least, I have one last word on the memoir and then I’m going to rant about something else for a while.
Here’s the last point that I want to make. Often when writers pitch their memoirs, they often focus on the fantastic/dramatic element that, in their mind, is the unique impetus that drives the story, such as the disabled sibling (or the genius sibling), the psychotic mother (that’s a popular one), the drug addicted brother, father, sister or whoever–you name it, the daughter who accused the father of abuse (and it’s the mother’s memoir) that I’m often left asking, “but what is your story.”
I have often asked this question to aspiring memoirists and have stumped them. And the answer might be that they don’t really have one—and hence, what they have won’t really work as a memoir.
A simple question but an important one if you plan to write in this genre.