"I will always have a story to tell. I take elements from my life and throw them in a pot and stir the pot and see what happens."
We all have a story to tell, but we do not have to tell it through memoir. We can tell it through short stories, novels, songs and even paintings. What we have to learn to do is learn how to change our story. The story does not have to be factual. Our story is only the beginning — the starting point. The emotion should be true, but not the facts. We may have been born in a small town in Illinois, but we can change it to a coastal town in Oregon. Our grandfather could have died when we were fourteen, but we can change it to our father when we were ten. We should take elements from our lives and make story soup. For some of us changing the story is easy. For others, it takes patience, imagination and hard work.
Here is Eileen Goudge talking about how she wrote her way out of poverty.