Without other people, our lives and our memoirs risk becoming dull. Although ideas are pivotal for many individuals, relationships are even more commanding. We are intrigued with who other people are and how they function. “Who’s that? What are they doing? Where did they come from?” These are question we want answered. To write a […]
There are many pieces to the writing process, collected here are articles that will help the memoir writer at every stage of the operation.
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?
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 […]
There may be stories missing in your memoir. In some way, writing a memoir is like organizing an anthology of stories. In the method that I teach in my workshops, tele-classes, and coaching, writers write stories as stories come to them. I am not a great one for starting to write from the beginning and […]
Learn to use visualization in your memoir. The memory list remains a powerful tool for memoir writing. Given the time to compile an extensive memory list, many of us can come up with many of the details of our lives. But, as good as the memory list is in propelling us through our past, it […]
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 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.
how to write about a conflict in your life; it belongs in your memoir. Yesterday, I wrote about how a memoir needs to have a plot. There needs to be action in your story. There needs to be something happening. One way to explore plot that is to explore action. A conflict is by definition […]
People are sometimes surprised to learn that a memoir needs a plot. For some writers, this technique of writing plot into a memoir seems to be 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 […]