Wisdom of Salman Rushdie on Writing Memoirs

Laura Carroll, Editorial Services

Ever thought about writing a memoir? A client of mine who is in the midst of writing a memoir passed on this insightful interview excerpt with Salman Rushdie at Emory University in 2011. He explains why the best of memoirs employ the novelistic technique. Check it out:

 

He answers these questions:

– Just like in novels, when writing a memoir, why is it so important to make the real people in the story come alive on the page?

– Where is fiction in every memoir, if it includes time from our childhood?

– What is the: What, Who, Why and How in a novel?

– Of these four, which in the only one a memoir has to deal with? Why?

Do you think it is easier to write a memoir than a novel? See what Rushdie says….

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