I was about to post this in bio-subforum and then realize it was part of the workshop area. I hope this is a more appropriate place, maybe General Writing would've been better? Please move this if I've chosen poorly! In my memoir that I'm working on, I'm including written letters between myself and another party (with their permission, as I've learned the content belongs to the writer, not the recipient) and am wondering if I should include them in their entirety or edit them down only to the information pertinent to the story (cut the "how are the kids?," weather, other small talk)? Some of the letters are long, handwritten front and back for 8-12 pages sometimes, and most of them are all about the situation being discussed and completely relevant. Is it better to trim the letters down and include their revealed information elsewhere throughout the narration and flashbacks or do I need to keep them as is? Is there a proper way to include letters or is it just based on writer preference?