- Where do I begin?
- How can I possibly put everything in my long life into a book?
- How do I write about things that happened before I was born?
- Can I write unflattering truth about my family?
- What kinds of things should I write about?
- Why should I write about myself?
"Make a habit of reading what is being written today and what was written by earlier masters. Writing is learned by imitation. If anyone asked me how I learned to write, I’d say I learn by reading the men and women who were doing the kind of writing that I wanted to do and trying to figure out how they did it. I write entirely by ear and read everything aloud before letting it go out in the world." William Zinsser
If you want to write memoirs, read good books.
Best memoirs are character-driven and are written in scenes.
Angela's Ashes - by Frank McCourt is character-driven
The Glass Castle – by Jeannette Wall is character-driven
Traveling Mercies - by Anne Lamott
Writing Your Life Story by Kelley Notaras
I would love to know your favorite authors and your favorite memoirs. What did you like about the books?