1. Kathy Myers

    Mark Twain’s autobiography is a must read for writers interested in personal narrative/ memoir. In 1906 he dropped his pen for good in favor of the new fangled dictation machine. He found it a good fit for his dominant personality trait— laziness. He speaks from the grave and is thus honest about his anger and frustration with publishers, royalties and copyright laws of the time (he was still kicking and his books were about to enter public domain which at the time, he was only forty two years). A great quote from the book: “When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now, and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but things that happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it.” I can relate. We all can create fiction from life and, as my husband says when he reminisces with old friends “Why ruin a good story with the truth?”

    1. mcullen Post author

      What a great quote. It does seem the older I get the less I remember! Thanks for sharing this.

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