The book, Thinking About Memoir, by Abigail Thomas is different than I expected. I assumed it was going to be a how-to book on writing a memoir. It's not really. It is a gentle read with inspiring tips and writing exercises woven together with Thomas' own stories from her personal diary. It is a good book to get your brain thinking in the right direction for your own memoir and a way to help you start digging into your past memories to find the golden nuggets to write about. My favorite piece of advice from the book is "be honest, dig deep or don't bother."
There were many great writing exercises throughout the book and even a special section at the end. The one that stood out the most for me was:
"Take ten years of your life, reduce them to two pages, and every sentence has to be three words long--not two, not four, but three words long. You discover there is nowhere to hide in three-word sentences. You discover that you can't include everything, but half of writing is deciding what to leave out."