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Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Write a Memoir

Why You Maybe Shouldn’t Write a Memoir

Want to stay current with Arthur’s writing? Sign up to get an email every time a new column comes out. Have you ever thought of writing an autobiography? Lots of noncelebrity people are doing that these days: Memoirs are more common, as we become more comfortable sharing intimate details of our personal lives with strangers. But before you start yours, consider this: What you think is riveting about your life might not seem so to others. As one publisher put it, too many submissions are “just the writer’s own story, which is ultimately boring.” And now that you’re reconsidering your memoir project, you might even think about taking it a step further, and talk less about yourself in general. We like to talk about ourselves because, quite simply, for us it feels good. But like many superficially soothing habits, it comes at a cost to our social lives and overall well-being. With a few nudges, however, this can be quite easily corrected. Roughly 30 to 40 percent of our speech is self-referential, according to a …