I am pleased to share with my readers this post from award-winning author Marylee MacDonald, author of Bonds of Love & Blood and Montpelier Tomorrow. Marylee is also a teacher and writing coach and is the author of 7-Day Writer’s Bootcamp, a short course on writing. You can find out more about Marylee at her website: http://maryleemacdonaldauthor.com/
By Marylee MacDonald
So you’ve always dreamed of writing a memoir. Where should you start, and how can you get a handle on the big and small turning points, traumas, and people that constitute your life?
Are You Confused?
Writing a memoir is not simple. The writing itself takes far longer than beginning writers think it will.
Let’s take a hypothetical. Imagine getting a letter with this message.
“You’re about to embark on the most intense four years of your life. Welcome to Med School!”–Best regards, Dean of the Medical College of Grenada
You would be taken aback. “Gosh, I don’t think I even applied!”
On the other hand, if you’ve had a secret hankering to become a doctor, you might welcome such a letter. You would swallow hard, adjust your expectations, and prepare for the long hours that developing medical competency will take.
Plowing through to the end of an 80,000- to 110,000-word manuscript can feel similarly daunting. It can take years to figure out what you want to say and how you want to say it. And, then, you’ll start on revisions. Before you produce a readable and engaging book, your manuscript may go through five, ten, twenty, or thirty revisions.
Writing a Memoir Takes Courage
The act of putting words on the page–words that are but a faint approximation of the lived experience–requires a huge amount of emotional investment on your part. You may have
Chat with Authors
Topics, events and situations which shaped, influenced and molded my perceptions is what makes me write and what moves me as an author.
I cherish a video-like memory of my mother helping me with creative writing homework given by my beloved elementary school teacher, Mrs. Johnson. A half-dozen...
My mom and teachers in youth. In later years, beautiful language and life-changing stories whether from movies, songs, articles, or books.
Reading. Specifically, the world of fantasy. The book that did it for me was Alan Garner's Weirdstone of Brisingamen, a tale of magic and mystery,...
I was amazed at the experiences of T.E. Lawrence, more famously known as Lawrence of Arabia. I couldn't believe how someone was able to become...
Hop on Lenka's List Bandwagon
When Glints Collide takes a group of unknown to lesser-known writers (myself included) and combines their talents into an eclectic anthology of Sci-Fi, Horror, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook Source: Audiobookworm Author: Miss Mae Narrators: Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Toni Attell, Robin Riker Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes Publisher: