July/August 2013 Issue
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Memoir Writing & Memoir Examples
Memoir writing takes guts. It’s revealing and personal – sometimes even painful to put on the page. Here you’ll find guidelines and memoir examples to ensure your story is something others will want to read. Learn how to craft it and how to get it sold. For more resources, click How to Write a Memoir.
NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.
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Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more
The biographer’s task can be overwhelming. Here’s how one biographer learned to breathe new life into her subject.
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The authors of two explosive memoirs talk about the fears that held them back—and why they wrote their books anyway. Could telling your own story be the corrective you need, too? Read more
Telling your life story is big business these days. Edrienne L. Kittredge shares seven tips for deciding whether the skeleton in your closet needs to be shared with the world. Read more
Creative exercises to keep your writing sharp, exerpted from Writing Creative Nonfiction. Read more
“This is not joy. This is not pleasure. Writing is work, and the most difficult work is inhabiting someone who is not you.” Read more
Tips from Frank McCourt, Mimi Schwartz and others on how to look at your story, how to make it significant. Read more
Augusten Burroughs wrote through his life as an abandoned child, high school dropout and alcoholic—and somehow found sanity, sobriety and success along the way. Read more
“I frankly think that whenever a form looks exhausted, that’s exactly the point at which you should swoop in and pry it apart and see what makes it tick.” Read more
It takes a lot more than writing your heart on the page to sell a book. Here are three lessons in perseverance one writer learned the hard way. Read more
Writing about personal experiences presents special challenges. Here”s one of several tips from Bill Roorbach, author of Writing Life Stories: “Vague references hurt your writing. Find uses of recently, and references to generic objects and anonymous people, then get specific. When did it happen? What year and model was that car? Uncover the name of your mysterious neighbor. This sounds elementary, but even expert writers catch the Read more
An interesting life and excellent writing are key to a compelling memoir. Learn the elements that will help make your story stand out from the rest of the pack. Read more
Writing a memoir can be a challenging experience. Writer”s Digest offers some helpful suggestions to make the process a little easier. Read more
It’s the extraordinary story that interests readers. But it’s how you present it that hooks them. Read more