In a certain sense, most of this web site could fit into this category. We get our inspiration and drive from life and from writers we admire, and we can convert any literary model into advice if we read it properly as a personal message.
Some authors tell you to write every day, some to find a sacred space where you can get away from the world; but the only advice everybody agrees on is that you should write your own truth. All writers find their own way of expressing themselves.
These links elaborate on that advice.
All links to this topic are included in the Memoir category list. See right sidebar.
“I can write my shadow”: Alexis Cheung interviews Maxine Hong Kingston
Some beautiful observations about writers and readers and writing. Gems for anybody interested in personal writing.
Father knows best: What’s your advice for new writers?
Starting is a sticking point for many would-be writers. There are hundreds of people planning to write for every one who sits down to put words together. The key is just to get going. Writers do the work and do not spend time talking about it.
JLF 2017: 4 authors on the power of a memoir & the importance of remembering
Notes from a symposium in which four writers touch on dozens of issues of interest to any author of first-person narrative.
Book review: Megyn Kelly’s memoir “Settle for More” doesn’t get personal enough
A slash-and-burn review with cautions for all potential memoir writers.
This is how you write a memoir
An excellent starting point for anybody thinking of writing life stories. Equally interesting are the comments following the article, which show how the agendas of readers have as much to do with the acceptance of what is written as the words on the page.
Writing a memoir
A primer full of good advice for novices contemplating their first memoir.
‘Don’t write me off’: Osborne hints at political comeback after saying it is too soon to write his memoirs
There is lots wrong with this picture. Unlike the claim of this person, it cannot be too soon to write a memoir because the author doesn’t know the end of his story. If that were the case, nobody could write a memoir until at death’s door. A memoir is not the complete story of a life; we never remember all the details. A memoir is a story, part of a life, one perspective on something worth remembering.
How not to get sued for your memoir
Rule number one in memoir writing is to tell your truth as you remember it. But if that truth will offend or humiliate somebody else, you must consider other factors – principles of courtesy and the law – as well.
Mary Karr is not ‘the boss of memoir,’ but she is its most celebrated practitioner
Some good advice and cautions here for memoirists and people planning to write memoirs.
How to write a collage-style memoir
Besides the obvious requirement to be interesting, a life story must hold together. Here is a unique method to help structure your own story.