Writing can be very satisfying,but it is also quite isolating. Whenever I'm working on a book and I decide to do something else; i.ego to dinner, sit by the lake enjoying the day, I start to feel guilty and I need to just get over it.
I give myself deadlines for getting my books completed, because, frankly, if I did not, I'd procrastinate something fierce. So I end up writing, and writing, in the wee hours of the morning, in the afternoons and I need to give myself more breathing room.
Can a person edit their own material? Well, yes, if you know what you want to say,and if you have the patience to go line by line, very slowly.
Memoirs can be difficult because most of us have them either in our heads, or in a journal form, both of which can be difficult to glean into a manuscript form, which would be interesting for anyone to read, and that is a difficult task.
When writing, we have to remember, steamy love scenes can make us blush, but also remember, your mom isn't looking over your shoulder, so you can be unfettered when describing them.
The most difficult thing when writing about our selves is, we have to remember no one is going to judge us about our past decisions. So if you can take your most embarrassing or your most not proud of yourself, moments, place them on paper and allow the world to read the real you, that is half the battle. Remember that how you felt or reacted in an unflattering light, is still your reaction and your feelings, do not be afraid of them. People could judge, but really, do you know those readers personally? No you do not. So let your feelings flow and share when you are not always proud of how you felt, but you did feel like that and somewhere, someone will relate to you being human.