Liz Your Best Life

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I teach memoir writing occasionally. I always ask my students to answer two questions about the work they and their peers have written: what happened in this story and what is this story about? It’s a useful way to see what’s there. A lot of times, it isn’t much. Or rather, it’s a bunch of what happened that ends up being about nothing at all. You get no points for the living, I tell my students. It isn’t enough to have had an interesting or hilarious or tragic life. Art isn’t anecdote. It’s the consciousness we bring to bear on our lives. For what happened in the story to transcend the limits of the personal, it must be driven by the engine of what the story means.

Dear Sugar: “Transcend” in this week’s The Rumpus

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  2. littleorphanammo said: i loved this too. It really spoke to me. about finding your thesis, really, in life. and there was where your meaning lay.
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