Secrets Of A Memoirist

Secrets Of A Memoirist

Writers Write creates writing resources and shares writing tips. In this post, we discuss a few of the secrets of a memoirist.

Are you thinking about writing a memoir? Do you think you have a story that is interesting enough to write and one that people will want to read?

Here are some secrets of a memoirist for you to consider.

Secrets Of A Memoirist

1. Write To Engage

2. Find A Theme

  1. Words: Addiction, Loss, Grief, Survival, Escape, Abuse, Courage, Persecution, Opportunity
  2. Phrases: A woman in a man’s world, The way of the world, Facing the enemy, Pride and Prejudice, A journey of (food /yoga /travel)
  3. Sentences: Who dares wins, The more things change the more they stay the same, What does not kill you makes you stranger

Theme defines a memoir. Write your book as a linked series of events with that underlying theme. And stick to it. No one wants to know when you, a crack addict, rode a bicycle for the first time. Unless the event is linked to the theme of addiction.

Remember that a memoir is not an autobiography. You cannot write an autobiography unless you are famous. However, if you have a story and a good writing style, you can write a publishable memoir.

Top Tip: If you want to learn how to write a memoir, look into our Secrets of a Memoirist course.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th August 2011
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