Secrets of a memoirist

Why Writing A Memoir Is All About The ‘How’

Why Writing A Memoir Is All About The ‘How’

Because we are writing about true events that happened in the past, the endings to most memoirs are known. If we are writing the memoir, we have probably survived - at least long enough to write the book. So, 'what happens' is not the most…
7 Really Good Reasons To Write A Memoir

7 Really Good Reasons To Write A Memoir

Why write a memoir? If you have made a decision to write about your life, you have decided to write a memoir. Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life, very much like a photograph in its selective composition. It…
Do You Want To Write A Memoir?

Do You Want To Write A Memoir?

"Memoir... may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction." ~William Zinsser Secrets of a Memoirist Have you always dreamt of writing your life story, but you have not known where to start? Secrets of a…
7 Ways To Create Suspense In Your Memoir

7 Ways To Create Suspense In Your Memoir

[This excerpt is from our Secrets of a Memoirist course.] "Memoir... may look like a casual and even random calling up of bygone events. It’s not; it’s a deliberate construction." ~William Zinsser Even Memoirs Need Suspense Suspense is not conflict. Suspense means keeping readers on the…

Jaime Lowe’s 8 Rules For Writing Memoirs

Jaime Lowe is an American writer. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Lowe is the author of Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB and Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind. Here are her eight tips for writing…
Mary Karr's Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread

Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread

Mary Karr is an American poet, essayist and memoirist. She is well known for her best-selling books, Lit: A Memoir, Cherry, and The Liars' Club She published The Art of Memoir in 2015. In the book, she includes 'An Incomplete Checklist To Stave Off Dread'. She says: "Writers…
127 Writing Prompts To Finish Before You Write About Yourself

127 Writing Prompts To Finish Before You Write About Yourself

If you’re writing a novel or a memoir, or brainstorming interesting questions for a profile or an interview, you'll love these prompts. Use them for your character biographies or as daily writing prompts or to generate ideas for blog posts. If you're thinking about writing…
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