I'm integrating all the suggestions from the line edit into my manuscript - accepting or rejecting them paragraph by paragraph. It's a slow process and somewhat tedious, but very educational.
I already see a pattern of punctuation and word usage that keeps my manuscript from flowing in some places. Some of the changes I reject because they change the meaning or they take events out of their proper context. Most of them make sense.
When the line by line work is done, I'll read it through once in her suggested order to see if it works for me. She's a published author and knows the memoir genre. She says the in thing these days is non-chronological memoirs. I understand what she's trying to accomplish, but my initial feeling is the sequence has been chopped up into too many parts. I know it's up to me to make the parts work together and establish the flow between the sections.
My life happened in chronological order. It's difficult to consider presenting it any other way. Making it all work will be a true test of my creativity and my writing ability.
I'm trying to keep an open mind!