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The idea or writing a memoir keeps coming to mind time and time again. Why should I write one? Who would want to hear my story anyway? And, what the heck the difference between a memoir and autobiography?
I found this that proved quite helpful:
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And to break it down to the actual characteristics of a memoir:
My next challenge is whatto write about. So much has happened over the course of my life, I don’t even know where to begin. I went to my Twitter and started to browse through my tweets for the last year or so and I discovered two tweets where I managed to condense my life down to six words:
Unraveled by losses; rebuilt by love.
Life. Just tears in the rain.
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Memoirs are the current rage. If you have noticed, maybe you are wondering if you should jump in and write one yourself. You aren’t alone. At this writing, over 150,000 titles on Amazon are memoir. Mind boggling. Maybe it’s because more people are now interested in reading memoir, prompting writers to cash in. Or maybe…
What the heck is a genre? For a word we use so often to describe our taste in music, books, or art, do we know what it means? A genre is a category that we assign depending on focus and style. By organizing tastes into specific genres, we create rules that define whether or not a book, band, or piece of art belongs to that group. If we want to be complicated, these rules also dictate the length of a book, the query letter approach, and, depending on the focus of the book, whether it falls under the traditional genre or a cross-sub genre. In short, genres are labels we apply to distinguish one work of art from another. Today, I am going to define ten commonly known genres for you.
Fiction versus Nonfiction. This is what we call a no-brainer. Fiction is a work of literature that is entirely…
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Featured Image: Fact and Fiction, Separate but Intertwined
By Peter B. Giblett
According to the Independent Book Publishers Association, the biggest growth areas in books are:
- Personal development & self-help
- Biography, autobiography, or memoirs
- Graphic novels
The fact that four out five of these categories are non-fiction suggests there is real growth in this type of writing. Modern audiences are drawn to non-fiction writing. Historically, non-fiction writing was considered boring, but there isn’t any reason it must be. Open any nonfiction work, and the reader should be excited to explore the knowledge the writer is sharing. There are some great stories available, they simply require writing.
You may know the following, considered one of the great opening sentences in fiction:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was…
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By Ronit Feinglass Plank
I had been writing fiction and wanted to try nonfiction, so I began with personal essays. I didn’t think memoir was for me; in fact I was deliberately avoiding it. I didn’t see a reason to revisit the facts of my confusing childhood and thought memoir wouldn’t be as challenging as creating a world from scratch and putting characters in it. To tell my own story, the story I knew by heart, seemed almost too easy.
I could not have been more wrong. I was about to discover that looking at something you think you know pretty well with fresh eyes and trying to understand it in a new way is definitely not easy. I did try writing several personal essays but the history of how I grew up kept barging in, taking up more and more space. It seemed part of me really wanted to…
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By Anne K. Kaler
How can a jigsaw puzzle help you with your writing?
Let’s start with the metaphor of your writing as a boxed jigsaw puzzle.
You already have everything you need to complete the puzzle picture on the box because no puzzle maker would stay in business long if he left out some pieces. Those writing pieces are lodged securely in the storehouse of your brain, just waiting for your agile mind to activate them. So you already have all the pieces within your life experiences.
Just like the jigsaw puzzle box your mind contains all the “pieces” necessary to re-create “the picture on the box.”
But there’s the problem, isn’t it. After you open the box, spill the pieces out on the table, shuffle through them, just where do you start the re-creation process?
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