One secret of the art of detail. Any kind of detail will work – a sound or a smell or a song title – as long as it played a shaping role in the portion of your life you have chosen to distill.
Writing about Yourself: The Memoir
To write a good memoir you must become the editor of your own life, imposing on an untidy sprawl of half-remembered events a narrative shape and an organizing idea. Memoir is the art of inventing the truth.