Memoir or Autobiography?

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To think of writing an autobiography is overwhelming, but consider writing a memoir one story at a time and it’s doable.

We want to write our family stories, yet may wince at the thought of an autobiography, a daunting word to say the least. Matilda Butler clarifies the difference between memoir and autobiography here. http://www.creative-writing-now.com/what-is-a-memoir.html

“An autobiography is—and one of the ways I think about that is as if it was a whole pie –it’s everything. But when you think about a memoir, it’s really a slice of your life.” The interview with Matilda is well worth the read.

A Slice of Life

A slice of life is appealing to read and to write. Focus on one story about your childhood, your work life, raising a special child, or your teenage years. Dig out an old photo, a diploma, an award, your child’s report from a teacher. It’s easier to recreate a point in time for a memoir than to chart a course from birth to the present.

Jerry Wexler http://www.jerrywaxler.com/memoir.html has a short book, Learn to Write Your Memoir in in 4 Weeks, that might help you to find and organize your memories.

The National Association of Memoir Writers offers lists of books and other resources to help you begin. http://namw.org/other-resources/

Autobiography or Memoir? The whole suitcase, or perhaps a tee-shirt? A chronology or an engaging story? Whichever you choose, start with one story at a time, and you’ll be on your way.

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One Comment:

  1. Very helpful videos–thanks, Leslie!

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