"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."
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...
Writing a memoir can be a challenging experience. Writer''s Digest offers some helpful suggestions to make the process a little easier.
Augusten Burroughs wrote through his life as an abandoned child, high school dropout and alcoholicand somehow found sanity, sobriety and success along the way.
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.
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.
Capture your family stories in writing using these eight tips.
by Susan Carol Hauser, author of You Can Write a Memoir
It's the extraordinary story that interests readers. But it's how you present it that hooks them.
The authors of two explosive memoirs talk about the fears that held them backand why they wrote their books anyway. Could telling your own story be the corrective you need, too?
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.
Creative exercises to keep your writing sharp, exerpted from Writing Creative Nonfiction.