Mark Twain said, “The older I get, the more I remember things that never happened.”
I think of this often as I write and wonder how to separate the truth from my imagination and what I think I remember. Something imagined becomes reality. Something remembered from the past, if thought of enough, whether true or not, becomes reality.
An instructor in one of our writing courses said, “Remember, an autobiography is fact; a memoir is truth.”
What I write of my past is true, whether or not the facts are perfect. The virtual reality may be only in my mind, but it is reality indeed… truth indeed… and I will write it for, if not, my experiences will be lost, forever.
Write your memoir. As you get older, you will remember things so very well.