RTW: Better than Fiction?
It’s Road Trip Wednesday time again! The challenge from the ladies at YA Highway this week is: “NAME THIS LIFE: What would your memoir be called?” If this is your first time here, Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival where someone from YA Highway posts a question, and we all write blog articles responding to the question. We then post links to our articles in the comments of the YA Highway RTW article. If you don’t have a blog, or don’t want to blog an answer, you can answer in the comments.
I don’t know that I would ever write a memoir, simply because I don’t think it would be that interesting to read (nor to write). But I’m torn, because there are things that I experienced and lessons I’ve learned in life that I want to pass down to my kids and their kids. I also want them to know about my family, where they came from (especially being an immigrant to the US), and, without trying to sound too self-important, the legacy they all inherit. Truth be told, that’s one of the reasons for the anecdotes you find littered around this blog–I’m telling them with an eye to my kids.
So, if I did write a memoir, it’d probably be called something like DISSIPATED ENERGIES, and feature on the cover a guy sat at a desk working on his novel, with a variety of musical instruments along the walls, and theology books piled up around him. Because one of the chief lessons I’ve learned in life is, if you want to achieve your dream, you have to pursue it with all your heart. Which is why I am the age I am and have yet to become a professional writer, musician, or theologian. Wow, that sounds depressing, doesn’t it? I don’t feel bad about this, since I recognize God’s providential hand throughout my life… but I still think it’s an important lesson.
Of course, this is the memoir I would write at the moment. One published novel can change everything. I bet the memoir J. K. Rowling would have written in 1990 would have been very different to the one she would have written ten years later!
There’s my answer. What’s yours? You can tell me in the comments, or swing on over to YA Highway and answer there.
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