As you articulate your theme, ask yourself if this theme is really yours–does it reflect your present understanding of your story and of life itself?
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Many memoir writers are under the impression that you need to have an extensive vocabulary to write. An extensive vocabulary can only help you–if by “extensive” you mean many precise words, not just big ones.
While family and friends are a worthy readership for your memoir, it is possible to reach an even larger audience. Here are four suggestions to enable your story to appeal to a broader public. 1) Write a story that is truly well-written and whose reading—the prose itself—will bring joy to your reader. To do […]
You can always tell the story in the “official” version, but you will be at odds to tell the story well.
“What can I do about writer’s block?” I am asked regularly by stumped writers. “Pretty much the same as plumber does with a plumber’s block,” I’ll respond. People twitter at this reply. Perhaps it’s because they take my response for a joke and they’re anticipating a good punch line.
Even before I found out my son had been murdered, I began writing about what I was experiencing as we waited for word of what had happened.
What makes for an interesting memoir? People will sometimes suppose that only big drama can make an interesting memoir. Of course, there are many readers who require constant titillation if they are to remain reading. Perhaps they are not the readers you should be seeking for your memoir. Nonetheless, nearly all readers require some attention […]
Today’s successful memoir writer is Jean Crichton. Jean attended the very first national workshop that I organized in 2000. From that time, we developed a strong working relationship via coaching and editing. She was one of those writers who was an absolute pleasure to work with. To read past interviews For the most recent interview with […]
You need a timeline for writing your memoir. It will both speed up the writing process and assure that your complete your book. It is possible of course to choose to write a memoir so that it takes you forever to complete it. You can write when you feel like it for as long as […]
The introduction for a memoir can be pivotal. I suggest that you write an Introduction to be placed before the first chapter of your book. The Introduction lets fly a hook to get the reader caught so s/he reads on. In a bookstore, the Introduction is often what the reader peruses. Online, the sample copy […]