Suspense and foreshadowing in a memoir are important fiction techniques that you can use to keep the reader reading. In an earlier post, I had written about the importance of plot in your memoir. Plot is what happens in a story. For many readers, it is what keeps them a reading. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
Memoir writing techniques refer to the “tools” of writing. Tools are instruments people use to make or facilitate making something.
If you were a carpenter, you would use hammers and saws and levels, etc, to create solid, beautiful results. The carpenter who uses stones and tree branches and direct kicks with his feet, however, is not likely to produce a solid, beautiful result.
The same range of tools is a true with writing. There are “tools” which, if you use them, will help you to write a better, interesting, informational memoir. Other tools will produce crude, uninteresting pieces of writing.
Below are articles which present many different writing techniques. This list does not, by any means, exhaust the possibilities of techniques. Learn to use these and other tools of writing.
Adding direct dialog in a memoir or indirect dialog–what’s the difference? There are two ways characters can speak in a story. One way is called direct dialog. When you write she asked, “How are you doing today?” you are using direct dialogue. Direct dialogue requires quotation marks. When you use direct dialogue in a memoir you are saying this is actually what the speaker said. This is different from indirect dialog. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
Are you using photos in your memoir as writing prompts? I have already written about how the memory is false, flattering, and faulty. I’ve also offered you one possibility for correcting this. That is the use of the memory list, the journal, and other artifacts. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
Using specific words in a memoir enables you to write a story with details that establish character and setting. Concentrate on nouns and verbs and discard any adjectives or adverbs that aren’t specific to the description, and your memoir will pull your reader in. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
You can use visualization in your memoir recall to write your memories in more detail. There are powerful tools you can use to assist when you are visualizing. When you learn to use visualization in addition to these tools, it can help you come up with more details for your memoir writing. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
When you include feelings in your memoir, your reader’s interest is heightened and they are drawn into the story.
Make a list of different words to describe the feelings that you will want to highlight in your memoir. Put these words in your memory list both to draw from as you write and to keep you focused. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
It’s important to gather details for a memoir and use them effectively to draw your readers in. The use of vivid sensory details helps your reader not only “see” but engage all of their senses to be fully immersed in the story. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
Writing the setting as a character of your memoir will tell us a lot about you and the people who were in your life. Many fiction writers give setting the prime role of character in their novels. As a memoir writer, you can also think of setting as a character in your memoir. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
What you will do today is travel to the place that figures in your story. This is the setting of your memoir. If you can do so physically, that is great.
If however, you need to travel to the setting of your memoir in your mind – because it is too far away or because somehow it no longer exists, you can always get there in your imagination. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
Use sense details in your stories to engage and hook your readers. A successful memoir needs sensory details to bring your story to life and make the reader feel as if it is unfolding in front of him. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]