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Mark Twain on writing autobiography

October 10, 2011

Tags: autobiography, memoir, writing

Mark Twain's insights on writing a life story could keep many memoir writers from getting stuck: "Finally, in Florence in 1904, I hit upon the right way to do an Autobiography: start it at no particular time of your life; talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment; drop it the moment its interest threatens to pale, and turn (more…)

Connecting the dots: Steve Jobs' wisdom

October 7, 2011

Tags: Reminiscence, memoir writing, wisdom, advice, personal history

Read Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford (2005) to get a sense of what drove him. To quote him: "Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect (more…)