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The best way to evoke these feelings in your readers is to connect your emotions, as the protagonist, with pivotal events happening throughout your narrative arc. Most of us are familiar with the narrative arc. Your memoir is no different: You need to create enough tension to shape your overall story, as well as each individual chapter, with that narrative arc. That moment when you realized your husband had an affair? Instead, you might say something like:. He was using our money to woo another lady and build a new life.
I curled up in a ball and wept for three hours — I had been demoted to the other woman. When you follow these guidelines while writing your memoir, you will captivate your audience and leave them begging for more.
But more importantly, you will share your own authentic story with the world. This post contains affiliate links. The Write Life thewritelife. New to the popular writing program? Get up to speed quickly and learn how to make the most of Scrivener with this course. As the author of two memoirs, these suggestions are spot on. Sometimes better told from the middle.
Yes, that is a great tip as well. Thanks for the suggestion! It seems to work better, as it looked a little bit like a patchwork and would have readers scrambling and back-peddling to check on a date etc.
Hi Carla, I work for a personal memoir company who help people record their stories which are then printed into beautiful hardbound books. We also assist with getting a digital version of your book on amazon. Please do get in touch, we would love to help you finalize it! I thank you for your help and look forward to writing my memoirs — to my first and only autobiography. After reading the six points, I was inspired by the idea of having a memoir, something I was trying to avoid.
I do have a finished manuscript which I had written in third person. The editor I sent it to gave me very candid and painful feedback.
I am thinking seriously that he had good points and a memoir as opposed to creative non fiction is the only way that would make sense.
I need to know how the professional writer can work with me as I already have a manuscript. Who will be the author of the Book? Do you give advice? My memoir is of an unusual friendship that continued over four decades.
He was my Bible professor my freshman year. This week someone said I needed to put in tension. As near as I can tell, the tension was all in me.
To further my dilemma, I am close to approaching Consequently, time, my time, is of the essence for me. Thanks for reading this. Marilyn LaRonde Just in case: Congrats to you on writing your story. I suggest looking at story structure first. The Story Grid is a great way to delve into structure as well as editing.
A suggestion not here on the list: Frame your story with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Start with dramatizing the inciting incident of the story, what kicks off the story in a big way, the punch to the gut. Complicate the story progressive problems. The challenges get bigger and bigger as the story goes on. Give the story a turning point in which the protagonist you have to make a big decision for which there is no turning back. Have the protagonist answer the question in action.
And then show the consequences of that decision as the resolution of the story. I knew I should go that route. Now I have to start over again with much excitement! This will be my first memoir. I would love to have any more tips anyone is willing to share. This is something I want to do and feel I need to do. Hi Marilyn, Apologies if this is way off topic and not of interest, but the subject of your memoir made me think of a book I recently heard the co-authors discuss on a podcast.
Just thought you might be interested. All the best with your own memoir writing! Would love to hear more about your memoir—do you have a theme yet? How exciting for you! Just finished research for my memoir and I also have all the documents that I need as evidence of truth. If you reach out to me via email msh [at] thewritingwhisperer [dot] com we can talk about options.
Thanks, Shannon, for these helpful tips. Good luck—and keep me posted! This story happened when I was in college and met the girl who became my wife.
The time was filled with heavy emotion because I also stood at a crossroads. And so did she. Shannon thank you for this brilliant post and extremely excellent timing! So happy you found the inspiration to finish up. This is such a great article and with tons of nuggets. Loved it and learned a thing or two as well. Thank you Shannon for your sage advice. I appreciate what you say about creating a story with arc and viewing the people in the memoir as characters. Now I realize that I have 3 distinct events that happened in my life to shape me and I look forward to gearing my memoirs towards that goal.
Your advice opened my eyes to the possibilities…. Yes, go for the sliver method. I started working with a memoir writer today and once we narrowed the focus to overarching theme, it was much easier to find the slivers that fit that theme. If all the textbooks and explanations by your teachers are to no avail, you can always pay someone skilled enough to prepare the same paper for you so that you can read it, study it and learn the necessary principles, tips, and tricks dealing with performing academic assignments of this type.
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