How important is theme in a memoir? Theme in a memoir is absolutely important! Here’s is a distinction between a family-focused autobiography and a memoir that, I hope, will help you to appreciate the value and the role of theme in a memoir.
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Theme influences choices for every element in the story: plot development, characterization, and setting. Is theme important. You bet it is!
Underlying all of your stories is its theme. The theme is really a message, the global way in which you understand your story — either in its entirety or in its
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 imbue the whole of your story with your theme and it, in turn, influences the choice of every element in your story—even when you’re not aware of it. Consciously shaping your theme can make your memoir.
The shock I had first experienced at hearing of Candice’s death had given way to overwhelming sadness. I had lost my daughter, my daughter in whom I had placed so many hopes when she was a baby and a little girl.
Always tell clients that you don’t know how much a long-term project will cost. Tell them it will almost certainly cost more than they expect. This article takes the anxiety out of pricing for you and the client as you can grow your memoir writing-based company.
The following is an excerpt from Walter Linder’s memoir, A Life of Labor and Love, A Red Memoir. “From A Blind Date to A Matchless Marriage” When I reached my early twenties, I was convinced I was too shy to ever get married. Although I had gone out on dates with various women, nothing […]
If you are hiring a ghostwriter, of course, you are concerned with how much it will cost to have your memoir written. Here are some guidelines… What if you had a few useful guidelines to help you determine if the costs you are being asked to pay are in line with current rates? Well, you […]
What a top editor does for you. People often ask, “What sort of input does an editing client receive from her/his Memoir Network editor?” The answer, of course, varies according to the client. No two receive the same response. We always individualize. You persist in asking, “Yes, yes, but what sort of manuscript input can […]