Secrets of a memoirist

The Most Important Thing To Remember When You Write Your Memoir

Writing A Memoir? Narrow Your Focus

If you want to write a memoir you need to learn how to focus on what you need to include. You need to limit extraneous storylines and narrow your focus. Narrow Your Focus & Stick To Your Theme As I explained in a previous post,…
What's The Difference Between An Autobiography And A Memoir?

What’s The Difference Between An Autobiography And A Memoir?

What is the difference between an Autobiography and a Memoir? Both memoirs and autobiographies are based on truth and both require lots of research, but there are significant differences between the two. An Autobiography: Is usually written by a famous person. Makes use of documentary…
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…
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