Myth #1 – Only old people write memoir
Not true! Whole sub-genres exist written by younger people. Mother-daughter books, stories of addiction and recovery, stories of growing up in all sorts of difficult or unusual circumstances…the list goes on and on. Even the stories written by senior citizens usually revolve around events that took place when they were young.
Kimberly Rae Miller’s Coming Clean: A Memoir is a great example of a young author telling a tale of an unusual childhood. She has over 2,200 reader reviews averaging 4.5 stars.
Myth #2 – Your life has to be exciting (or horrible, or miserable) to write a memoir
Again, not true! While many memoirs, like many novels, depend on the excitement of the action or horror or other negative emotion to draw in readers, that is far from the only way to write a memoir. Just like novels, some memoirs depend on humor, or romance to keep their readers engaged.
Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times bestselling author, is a lovely example of a memoir that shows the warm side of life.
Myth #3 – You have to be famous for your memoir to sell
No, you don’t have to be a regular at red-carpet events for you to have a great memoir waiting to be written. A simple search for “memoir” in Amazon books will show the success of the not-yet-rich-and-famous authors—ample proof that the most important characteristic of good memoirs is a strong voice and engaging story.
A Girl Name Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel is just one of the many successful memoirs written by authors whose names are not immediately recognized by everyone.
Everyone has a story to tell. Each life is unique and every life contains fascinating stories—you just have to write them down.
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