There are no shoulds in life, but if you’re writing today, then do yourself a favor and read both the posts I’m linking to here. It doesn’t matter the order. In a way, the two posts reinforce each other. If you write memoir or personal essay–or even fiction–(or, as a matter of fact, if you’re just living your life!) the key is to dig, to look, to see…what. is. inside. you. Sometimes it feels “hard” because your own story (translation: the truth of YOU, your life) is still unclear…to you (me, too).
a. From The Mark on the Wall (author Lisa Alvarez is one of the directors of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers), this post:
b. From Writing Is My Drink (author Theo Pauline Nestor wrote the memoir How To Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed).