We field a lot of questions at the library about writing memoirs. It may be the fact that everyone has a story they want to share with the world or maybe they just want to become famous? Whatever the reasons – a few questions usually come up:
What’s the difference between an autobiography and a memoir? – Autobiographies tell the entire story of someone’s life (from start to finish), while memoirs focus on one story.
What makes a good memoir? – Like anything, a “good story” is really a matter of opinion. However, the resources below may help you focus your efforts.
Books on Writing the Story of Your Life (Memoir/Autobiography)
Online Tips on Writing Your Memoir
5 Tips for Writing a Memoir – Publisher’s Weekly
8 Writing Tips That Will Make You a Powerful Storyteller – The Writing Cooperative
Great Tips on How to Write Your Memoir – Reader’s Digest
How to Write a Memoir: 6 Creative Ways to Tell a Powerful Story – The Write Life
How to Write a Good Memoir: Advice on Finding Your Voice – Writer’s Digest
How to Write a Memoir that People Care About – NY Book Editors