Top Menu

You're not logged in!

You'll need to log in to get access to all of the premium content at The Memoir Network.

Archive | Improving Your Writing

Everyone should work on improving your writing. Find tips and theories about improving your craft.

NIMWMDailyIcon

November 19 Activity: Memoir Writers Need to be Memoir Readers

November 19  Activity: Memoir Writers Need to be Memoir Readers

Every writer should be a reader. I find it astounding to learn that someone who is writing a book is comfortable saying s/he is not a reader. In the same way that, if you wanted to play a sport or an instrument, you would want to observe how master practitioners of a sport or of a musical instrument do so. In the same way, I find it unacceptable that someone who is writing a memoir would not want to be reading a memoir as s/he writes.

Only our members can access the rest of this content.

Already a Member?

Not a Member Yet?

Continue Reading
NIMWMDailyIcon

November 13 Activity: Writing A Memoir Is Like Making A Movie

November 13: How is a memoir like a movie?

In many ways, a good memoir writer treats the story the way a filmmaker treats a movie. Too often, as we write memoir, we tell the reader what is happening in the story rather than show it.

Fortunately, a  filmmaker does not have this luxury—or is it curse?—of telling. The only way the filmmaker can let us know what is happening is to show something on the screen—whether that is a setting, an action or a feature of characterization such as a frown.

More of this November is Memoir Writing Month post is available with the free My Memoir Education membership. Members please sign in. Not a member?  Join us now!

Only our members can access the rest of this content.

Already a Member?

Not a Member Yet?

Continue Reading
NIMWMDailyIcon

November 10 Activity: Writing Plot Into a Memoir

November 10 Activity: Writing plot into a memoir

People are sometimes  surprised to learn that a memoir needs a plot. For some writers, this technique of writing plot into a memoir screams of twisting the memoir into a fiction piece. But, all of us need to be kept reading by some mechanism. This mechanism is often called plot. A plot is an action. Plot is the something that happens in  a memoir. Today, we explore how to create a plot that is true to the memoir.

More of this November Is Memoir Writing Month. Activity is available with the free My Memoir Education membership, please join now.

Only our members can access the rest of this content.

Already a Member?

Not a Member Yet?

Continue Reading
ID-10091693

Writing Feelings into Your Memoir

How to write feelings into your memoir is a rather important topic. Recently on the Forum, David wrote about not accessing the feeling side of his memories, of writing a memoir that, if I am understanding him right, was all details and facts. Below is my response which can serve as a stand alone article, […]

Continue Reading
The Memoir Network

Should I Create an Outline for my Memoir?

I do not write a memoir from an outline. Instead I create a Memory List as outlined in Chapter 2 of Turning Memories Into Memoirs. The Memory List helps you to follow the promptings of the unconscious rather than the dictates of the conscious mind as is the case with an outline. (An outline is […]

Continue Reading
use action in your memoir

Four Tips For Moving Your Memoir Plot With Action

Action drives your story and keeps your readers interested. Writing with effective action is a key to creating lifestories that people want to read. 1) The action of your memoir is its plot. Generally speaking, something must happen in your story to retain the interest of your reader. Some people have had roles in the […]

Continue Reading

Receive your free ebook.

* indicates required
Email Format
A gift for you...
...because you need to get your memoir written.
  • Your memoir deserves to be written. We help people get their story down—right!
  • Writing a memoir or want to improve one you're working on? Download Memoir Writing 101: How to Craft a Compelling Memoir or Lifestory / 10 Steps and a Bonus.
  • Memoir Writing 101 comes with The Lifewriter's Digest newsletter.
  • If you are already a member, this e-book and others are available to you free in Member Resources.

I want Memoir Writing 101.