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Deepen your memoir by imagining character thoughts and feelings

One of the challenges of writing a memoir is describing feelings, reactions, and events that we didn’t witness. By the time I began writing my memoir, several family members who were central to my story had died. Some events happened before I was born. And in some cases, I was too young then to understand the significance or meaning of some dramatic moments that fueled my story.

I interviewed family and friends for insight, but in some cases, the passage of time dimmed some memories, or the family just didn’t have answers. Based on what I knew about my family, I used a technique I learned from writer Maxine Hong Kingston to fully imagine scenes and my characters’ feelings. Read more

Discover the benefits of failure and the magic of imagination

Has fear of failure ever stopped you from pursuing your creative passion?
Find out how rock bottom became the solid foundation on which J.K. Rowling built her life. Rowling spoke at Harvard University’s commencement in 2008.