Truth is Factual and Emotional October 15, 2017 From Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing the Personal Narrative by Thomas Larson: The truth—not the fiction and not the imagination—matters if you’re going to write memoir. But let’s be clear about the truth. Truth is factual and emotional. The former must never be falsified. Indeed the more we adhere to what’s accurate, the more we get to the other side of the equation, the motional truth. Emotions, unlike facts are well armored against our glibness as storytellers. Not only do we fear the chaos of emotion, but there are protective, ritual-bound, secretive feelings others hold for us, many of which we carry, that may keep us from writing the truth about ourselves.