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When Your Memoir Needs Less of You

“It feels reassuring to write everything you remember, how it all felt. But to write well sometimes involves rejecting reassurance.”

I’m pretty sure Stephen King was the first writer to say that line about needing to force yourself to kill your darlings. At this point, it’s ubiquitous enough that I’m not going to bother to look up the source—it belongs to at least three different people in the first meeting of every writing class I’ve ever been a part of. The line is useful and true; darlings are hard to kill. All the more difficult, I’ve found, when all the darlings are yourself.

your name here painted upon them.