Sometimes the hardest subject to write about is the one you’re most familiar with: Yourself. While an autobiography spans an entire lifetime, a memoir is a collection of memories and experiences. So how much should you include? Where do you start? And most importantly—how do you write a memoir that will be interesting to others?
In this installment of our Ask Writer’s Relief series, you’ll find lots of great advice to help you write a memoir that will intrigue literary agents and readers alike!
Ask Writer’s Relief: “How Do I Write A Memoir That People Will Want To Read?”
Here are some articles to help you get started. Some were written by Writer’s Relief staff members and others were culled from great sources around the Internet.
What Is A Memoir? There are important differences between a memoir and an autobiography. Celadon Books explains the elements of a memoir so you can be sure that’s what you’re writing!
Is It Worth Your Time To Write A Memoir? | Writer’s Relief. Wondering if you’ve had enough “exciting” experiences in your life to write an interesting memoir? In this article, guest writer Denis Ledoux stops by to talk about why writing your memoir is important and worthwhile.
How To Write A Memoir: The Complete Guide To Getting Started. Writing a memoir isn’t simply writing down everything you remember from your life. This article from Self-Publishing School provides a step-by-step guide on getting started with your memoir, featuring helpful infographics and videos too! Perfect for all you visual learners out there!
How To Write a Memoir That People Care About. In this informative article from NY Book Editors, you’ll learn that your memoir is not about you. Yes, you read that right! People will read your memoir to learn truths and lessons that they can use to make sense of their own lives. Here’s how to edit your manuscript accordingly.
4 Factors That Can Affect The Success Of Your Memoir | Writer’s Relief. Learn the key factors literary agents look for when considering a memoir, and see how they apply to your life story.
Can You Make Up Dialogue In Memoirs Or Nonfiction Books? | Writer’s Relief Here are tips on how you should handle writing dialogue in your memoir, and an important explanation of representative dialogue and accuracy.
Question: What life experiences would you include in your memoir?