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And here is another notion for the memoirist to keep in mind: I believe that the primary goal of writing is to fashion beauty out of hardship.  Eudora Welty wrote, “Trouble is the backbone of literature.”  I ardently want, in my writing, to capture, to create beauty out of the tough stuff. And is this not a kind of leap of faith: to see life, in the end, as beautiful?

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