There are many how-to books about writing memoirs, and often writers who embark on the journey of writing a memoir feel compelled to follow the suggestions these books offer. If they veer from their recommendations, writers panic, believing they will not have a good memoir in the end. My blog will be about why I chose to write a memoir and the steps I took to put it all down on paper, which in some instances reflect what some of these books recommend but more often than not are my own, individual take on their advice. In fact, my advice to anyone interested in writing a memoir is to read those how-to books and then develop your own guidelines. Don’t feel tied to what worked for someone else. We are all different. We absorb life in various ways. And how we write reflects who we are. If someone tells you to do an outline of every chapter in your memoir first, and that’s not the way you work best, then don’t do it. It will only constrict your creativity. I hope you will learn by my journey, which includes mistakes I made as well. Besides giving you an account on how I wrote my memoir, which by the way is now in the hands of my agent being submmitted to editors, my blog will offer links to writers who have written about memoirs as well as recommend memoirs that have inspired me.
My first recommendation of a memoir that is awe-inspiring is Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes. I will not say anything more now about this Irish-American author’s book because I want to hear what you thought of it, if you’ve read it already, or what you think of it, once you rush to the nearest bookstore, library or e-book app and order a copy. On my next blog we can discuss it further.