Digging into your family’s past and writing about the people and events you discover can be a fascinating endeavor.
Everyone has a story or two to tell. As time passes, these precious personal and family memories can be lost. But how and where do you begin? Right here.
In leading memoir writing workshops, the teacher’s task is to help individuals to go through and beyond two kinds of barriers to their writing: the technical and the psychological blocks that keep them from success.
Why should you consider creating a memoir of your personal experiences for publication?
Popular magazines each have their own policy for accepting real life stories. Some offer a flat rate to everybody who has a half way decent tale to tell regardless of the importance or uniqueness of the situation.
Here are a few prompts to stimulate your memory and to encourage your creativity…of which you have plenty to work with and to share.
The memoir. For years a former agent of mine – who happened to represent one of the country’s most commercially successful memoirists – had been after me to write mine.
If you have problems – and let’s face it – we all do, then journal writing can serve as a creative problem-solving tool.
There are more than six billion people on the planet and I am a firm believer that every one of us has a story to tell.
If you are someone who feels as though they have lived an interesting life, you might decide one day to record it all in a memoir, here’s how.
I want to write my life story, but I don’t know where to start. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this statement. Many people have a story to tell. It doesn’t matter that that story will never be on the New York Times
When subjects excite your curiosity, make a note of it. Draw an image of it. Write a blog post about it. Tweet it. Dream about it at night. Before long, you will have your own prized collection of story ideas.
A theme conveys a similar comparison to the story that the framework conveys to the completed structure. It conveys the fundamental idea, the trigger of the story, the fact or purpose upon which you base your the plot.
Of course everyone wants to have a book signing at a big bookstore, but sometimes that’s difficult to negotiate, especially if your book is self-published. However, the good news is that if you can get a smaller bookstore on board, it’s easier to approach the better-known stores
It may seem like every writer’s dream, but taking your writing skills on a road trip is a little harder than you might first think! After completing an 11 000 kilometer road trip around Australia, education author Anne Vize shares some tips for taking your writing on the road.
Don’t be surprised if during your next visit, your doctor hands you a prescription for a journal with instructions to write a minimum of 30 minutes a day!
Putting our thoughts on paper can be a powerful experience – especially so with a journaling tool called Unsent Letters. Read more inside.
As a memoir teacher, I find that people are very worried about the ethical issues involved in memoir writing. Here’s how to think about truth and lies.
For some, writing about their emotional trauma brings emotional release from their pain. But how does it work? Read on inside.
Memoir writing can be a great process if it is done properly. However, if you’ve never been taught how to do it properly then it can be an extremely difficult task that is draining and annoying to continue with
What differentiates memoir from autobiography is that it deals with only a slice, a portion or event in your life, rather than your whole life. Memoir is a story within the story of your life. Stay focused on your chosen topic. Avoid meandering off in another direction.