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Don't Make Violence and Abuse Just Another Plot Device in Your Novel
I was the child of a violent childhood, with a registered predatory sex offender for a father figure. I survived abuse and homelessness to become an author. My life has revolved around violence: how to survive it, how to understand it, how to heal from it and how to help others heal. While that all might sound grim, it is a very happy life, filled with joy and redemption, magic and poetry. As a writer, I want to explore the reality of violence, and my adult understanding of what it takes to survive it, and even thrive.
A memoir is your story, but of course it will involve many other people. Most of us have not led completely charmed lives. Recent bestselling memoirs are replete with addiction, abuse, homelessness and triumph over these adversities. But do the other people in your story want theirs told? Are there elements that might be embarrassing to them? Will their memories be in sync with yours?
Utterly challenging, the evening was filled with pieces that while wonderful, were also emotionally wrenching. Many students were writing memoir about family abuse. Some were sexual abuse memoirs; others told tales of emotional abuse. This is not surprising, given the MeToo movement. Sometimes there are nights like that, and after every one of them I have been suffused with a rare, nameless emotion. Probably some other language has a word for it. English does not.