Nancy Wait discusses her memoir The Nancy Who Drew. You can read more at her website. Read excerpt HERE. She calls it the memoir that solved a mystery, because during the writing, a process that took her 14 years to complete, she found an answer to the question that had plagued her most of her life: why was she so cruelly betrayed? Aside from sorting out “what happened when,” she discovered the underlying reasoning by making connections, this feeling to that event. Truth is always interesting. We first write for ourselves, and then we write for others to read, and with each revision the story becomes richer and more vibrant and more real. And so we become more real as we become more aware of who we truly are inside. We write our stories with the hope they will be read and that readers will have a response. Our hope is they will be moved in some way. But whether or not they respond in ways we expect or desire, the main thing is that we have written down our experience. And the main movement that occurs is beyond whether or not our books fly off the shelves, but what has occurred within us, along the way of transforming memory into prose. For it is in this process that we become conscious of what our life actually is, what it has been about, and who we actually are.
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