Spotlight Saturday #12: Plotting a Memoir

Andrea Lundgren

I give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to send all of you to see something you might otherwise miss. To see last week’s episode, click here.

This week, I’m honored to feature a post by Terena Scott, memoir/book doctor, playwright, author, publisher, and hardcore book nerd. She writes at


If you think your memoir doesn’t need a plot, you’re making a big mistake.

Memoir is a story about someone’s life, right? Sure, if you want it to be boring.

A good memoir is not just a series of events shared chronologically. It is a tale with heroes, villains, conflict, subtext, and a great plot to keep the…

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  1. Such good memoirs as The Glass Castle are even more fictional than fictions 🙂

  2. Good memoirs, meaning memoirs that people like to read, use some of the same literary elements as fiction, but memoir is actually nonfiction.

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