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Writing 'The End' on your memoir


Knowing when to write ‘the end’ in memoir takes time and thought, and can end with new beginnings. The End is not the end, it is the tying together of all the story lines and bringing the story home. In the hero's journey, the hero must come home a changed woman/man, the journey is the story; the challenges, failings, lessons learned and turn towards the peak of realization, victory, completion, and then the return to home. When I contemplate 'the end' it is seeing the resistance to change (in self belief) that kept me from returning home, but it was also the love of change (to be flexible) that kept life so alive and moving onwards and through the act of writing, I could bridge my way home.

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