So you want to write a memoir? This editor has some tips

What Inspires Your Writing?

You already have a great pile of notes, notebooks full of journaling, or other writing about the period in your life you’ve chosen to write about. How do you bring it to life?

Jennifer Silva Redmond, freelance editor and writing instructor whose short-form memoir has been published nationally, says that when writing memoir, your story needs a focus.

Fiction writers often compose “elevator pitches,” or quick, 30-second summaries of their novels. Memoir should be no different, Jennifer says, because you want your story to carry a message, and creating a “pitch” helps you get that message across while developing a tightly woven narrative.

Jennifer shares a trick that has worked quite well for her short-form memoir: she simply titles her essay before writing it. By doing this, she can more easily stay on message throughout just by keeping the title in mind as she writes. In much the same…

View original post 114 more words

Advertisements

4 Comments

  1. Are you posting on another blog, Lynette? I miss your posts.

  2. Very straightforward and simple and effective idea that is suitable for use in other writings as well! Thanks.

  3. My memoir and writing passion it turns out lately is vitally linked perhaps both intrinsically and extrinsically with my feeling of an intimacy with the Earth or Mother Earth as the Native Americans like to state So, my next book of poetry will be about experiences with hiking in nature, many of them remembered from my time in New Mexico and hiking in the beautiful Sandia Mountains.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s