I'm glad, very glad.
But mine is interesting, too. Utterly compelling if I'm being completely honest here.
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And so have all of the members of my family; every reader of this blog; even the folks who query me from jail.
Interesting, interesting, interesting.
But will someone pay $25.00 to read all about it?
Of course they will, you think, then are heartbroken when I don't agree.
Religion, like memoir, often involves a recitation of events.
Every Good Friday, we gather to recite the events of the Crucifixion.
But it is not just the words that matter here; it's what those words mean to those of us saying them.
What illumination they bring.
What devotion they inspire.
What inspiration they provide.
A memoir is more than about what happened, a recitation of events.
A good memoir evokes feeling and provides illumination, and inspires us even if only in small ways.
And not just to people like you.
A good memoir does that for people who have nothing in common with you but their humanity.
So, yes, you've had an interesting life, but what does that mean for me?
What does that mean for those of you writing memoir?
Your query should focus less on the events of your life, and give more page time to how it will resonate with other people. You must answer the question "Why should anyone read this?" with something other than "It's interesting" or "because it's a great story."