Just read this thoughtful post which got me thinking about how to use autobiographical material. Maybe what you don’t know about your memories might be as interesting as what you think you do know!
Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories – and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.
For the creative writer, the question, when thinking about using memory, is how far we are willing to deviate from truth. Then again, what is truth?
One of my most shared personal anecdotes is a story that happened during my eighth summer. Out on the lawn, while playing rounders, there was an accident.
One of us ran forwards as another was raising their bat for a swing. I can see that moment in detail, I remember the blinding impact and the feel of blood dripping down my temple. I cried all the way to A & E, and those three stitches hurt.
Yet years later, when I mentioned this to my brother, he frowned. ‘No,’ he said. ‘It was you who hit me.’ We both lifted our fringes to reveal a scar…
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