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.

P.S. If you want to learn how to write a memoir, join our Secrets of a Memoirist course.

 by Amanda Patterson

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  1. Deeone

    I thoroughly enjoyed this piece Amanda. You made some very valid points. Although, I’m just getting into the world of blogging, my goal is to eventually write my own memoir some day. I’ve been telling people that it was an autobiography, no wonder they’d just look at me like I’ve lost my marbles. 🙂

    I’m glad to have run across this group. I’m sure there are plenty of articles here that could possibly move my dream up even sooner. Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re having a marvelous day.

  2. Writers Write

    Thank you so much. We really appreciate the feedback.

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