So at the moment I've lived in China for 6 months. And I've had some interesting experiences. More to the point of this thread, people around me have as well. Sometimes not so flattering. How do you respect the privacy of others when writing a memoir? Other than just changing names and such, because if I point out that the writing is about my time in China, well then it's pretty obvious who I'm talking about if one were to know them. On another note, how do you feel about reading a memoir by a young author? I'm only 24, and I feel a memoir has to be about a long and hard life (Angela's Ashes) and yet I also feel my time in China has been interesting enough to read about. Thoughts?