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There are many pieces to the writing process, collected here are articles that will help the memoir writer at every stage of the operation.

Using Precise Language

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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. More important is using precise language. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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. More important is using precise language. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November Is Memoir Writing Month

November 29: How to Write an Introduction for a Memoir

The introduction for a memoir can be pivotal to your book. Do not omit to 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 usually includes the Introduction. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 24 Activity: How To Find Stories Missing in Your Memoir

Are there 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. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 21 Activity: Learn to Use Visualization In Your Memoir

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. ]

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November 20 Activity: Practicing to Write In Quantity

When you write in quantity for your memoir, you will amass an amazing amount of stories, vignettes, scenes, dialogues, and short descriptions. All of these can be written anywhere and quickly on paper, on the computer and even the backs of napkins and scraps of paper.  In this activity, you’ll start writing short pieces to weave together later for your story. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 19 Activity: Memoir Writers Need to be Memoir Readers

To write better, memoir writers need to be memoir readers.  Do you read other memoirs? Do you think it helps to study how they wrote their memoir in order for you to improve your own writing? To be a better writer, you must immerse yourself in the memoir genre, particularly in the area you are writing. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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

Writing a memoir is like making a movie, and 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. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 11 Activity: How to Write About a Conflict in Your Memoir

Write about a conflict in your memoir to engage your reader. There needs to be action in your story. There needs to be something happening. One way to explore plot is to explore action.

When you use action in writing your story, it is called plot. Something must happen in your story to retain the interest of your reader. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 10 Activity: Writing Plot Into a Memoir

Writing plot into a memoir is something people are sometimes surprised to learn that a memoir needs. 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. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 7 Activity: Speed Up Your Writing

One way to speed up your writing is to record your vignettes, scenes and other snippets of your memoir and then replaying them to hear how you tell the story.

People often complain that they do not have the time to write. Often this is justly so as writing does take up a good amount of time. No way around it! Today you will explore a way of writing faster—better will come later. In this post, learn to speed up your writing. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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