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Much is made of memory in novels. The introduction of memories into the story, most often in the form of flashbacks, is endemic. These visions of the past allow writers to explore their characters’ dramatic histories, to draw parallels with the fictional (or even real-life) present, and give their readers a glimpse into the future, offering clues or pointers as to the direction their stories are likely to go. Memory is the fertile patch in the garden where writers grow their plot points, where truths can be revealed, waters muddied, and dark secrets hinted at.
But what about a writer’s memory?
I believe that a writer’s memory is slightly different to that of a person who doesn’t write fiction. If I’m typical of the breed, then I remember a great many things that have either happened to me or which I have remotely witnessed, either heard or overheard, and I…
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