Struggling with Truth in Memoir? 

As I write my memoir, I often struggle with how much to say about friends and family. Because I’m writing about my divorce, my ex-husband is a key character. I am telling the truth, but in as kind of manner as possible (usually). I wouldn’t necessarily suffer if I didn’t ever speak with my ex-husband again, but he is still the father of my oldest two kids and for this reason, I endeavor to strike the right balance between truth and kindness each time I sit down to write.

I’m embracing the conclusion of Laurie Hertzel: I will tell the truth, be bold, and whenever possible, be kind. Thanks Laurie!

Source: Do I Own My Story? But What If It’s Also Your Story, and You Don’t Want Me To Tell It?

About Heidi Fettig Parton

I hold an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bath Path University. I write at the intersection of ecological and spiritual issues; I also write about the common experiences that unfold across women's lives, including marriage, motherhood, work matters (and vocation), divorce, and sexuality. Oh, and poetry is my drug of choice.
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