How to Write the Story of Your Life

Some advice from outside the white male literary canon

Terese Mailhot
Apr 7, 2020 · 15 min read
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1. You don’t need to be “educated” to write.

2. You have a story to tell.

3. Tell the truth and make it dynamic.

4. You’re gonna need a writing voice.

5. You can make sugar of ugly sentences but you don’t want your words to dissolve as soon as they’re read.

6. Writing takes time and commitment.

7. I have so much else to give you.

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New York Times Bestselling author of HEART BERRIES: A MEMOIR. Work in Pacific Standard, Elle, Longreads, Guernica, LA Times, and elsewhere.

Gay Mag

A new magazine from Roxane Gay offering some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. Our first quarterly is coming in June 2019. We value deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.

Terese Mailhot

Written by

New York Times Bestselling author of HEART BERRIES: A MEMOIR. Work in Pacific Standard, Elle, Longreads, Guernica, LA Times, and elsewhere.

Gay Mag

A new magazine from Roxane Gay offering some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. Our first quarterly is coming in June 2019. We value deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.

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