Maya Angelou, memoirist and poet, “is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.” [Wikipedia.org]
Strictly speaking, they were memoirs, not autobiographies because each one dealt with a portion of her life.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Every life is unique and every life has moments of great joy and moments of great sorrow. Sometimes these moments mark major intersections and major shifts of direction. Sometimes they lift the individual above the ordinary, and sometimes they sink the individual into the depths of dispair. These moments are noteworthy and well worth chronicling.
Your special moments may be inspirational, or they may be cautionary tales. Either way, they are worth sharing. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a newbie, writing memoir is different. All writing is hard work, solitary work, and the big problem with memoir is that it is also intensely personal and frought with emotion and decisions about what to include and what may be better left unsaid.
Memoir doesn’t have a plot, but it does have characters. Sometimes it has more characters than you know what to do with. Where do you start? What makes a memoir memorable? How should the differences in your story and that of Cousin Betty be handled? Where can I turn if I need help?
Everyone has a story. Make yours extraordinary!
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