The Expectation of Memoir Writers

In the first few seasons of the TV Girls where the character Hannah, a struggling writer in the city, _. She _ cocaine _ for the sake of _. It is, for a while, a _ she reliably plays, with unsurprisingly diminishing returns.


Personally, I don’t find it to be a defining moment in television history, but it does capture the anxious motivations of unsure writers: be interesting, write it down, _. _. It’s that fragility _ in for a penny, in for a pound. Anything, from the slightest embellishment to downright fabrications _

It’s a recurrance that is too rare to be _ but too common to be called a phenomenon. And it doesn’t happen with writers and creative types alone. Anyone who has broken free from the herd and moved away from their hometown to a big city has this same expectation weighted on them: _. After all, why risk _? _

Is there an expectation, whether from the readers or the writer’s instinct, that as a _ writer _ through the lens of whether it would make a compelling story _? _ something genuine _. _ There are few hard-and-fast rules for what makes a good writer, but lobbying hard for itself is the _ the elevated or unusual _

_ there’s no predetermined _.

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