Music and Memoir


Music is powerful. Songs have the ability to transport us back in time, to stir up long lost emotions and memories. Music can also be an amazingly helpful tool to use while writing, particularly when it comes to writing memoir. A while back, I decided to go through my iTunes library and make a few playlists for my memoir. I created a playlist Continue Reading

Five Awesome Memoir Blogs

I was going to call this a Top 5 list, but since I'm always discovering new and wonderful memoir blogs, I want to leave room for additional compilations in the future. Here are five awesome memoir-related blogs. If you have a memoir writing blog/site or know of a great one I haven't listed, feel free to leave a comment with a link! 1. Brevity's Continue Reading

The Lost Art of Shutting Up


An article called "The Problem With Memoirs" came out in the New York Times back in January. Neil Genzlinger begins the piece by saying: "A moment of silence, please, for the lost art of shutting up." Genzlinger goes on to talk about how, back in the good old days, only famous, remarkable, or accomplished people wrote memoirs. However, as a Continue Reading

The Top 6 Memoir Writing Tips

1. Be Yourself – This may seem obvious, but the voice you use in your memoir is completely up to you. I suggest using your natural voice. You don’t want to write your memoir like you’re writing a third-person novel. Be engaging and present. Talk to your reader like you’re telling them a story that matters to you. 2. Be Descriptive – Include Continue Reading

My Review of Scrivener As a Tool for Writers


File management can quickly become a challenge for writers. I'm the kind of writer who saves every single draft of a work in progress, so keeping my files straight was a real problem. I've been using Scrivener since I downloaded the trial last November. Previously, I had used Microsoft Word for all of my writing projects. I often had to weed Continue Reading

On Writing Memoir: The Importance of Carrying a Notebook


I'm sure you've heard the advice that fiction writers should keep a notebook with them at all times, just in case they overhear an interesting conversation at a cafe or the ending to their novel reveals itself to them in the cereal aisle of the grocery store. However, the idea of carrying a notebook is just as important for memoir writers as it is Continue Reading

Why I Write Memoir

I'd like to talk a little about how I got into memoir writing, and why I'm so passionate about it. Sort of a memoir manifesto, if you will. I'm one of those writers who's been writing since they can remember. A poem here, a story there. I started keeping journals when I was six, although my entries usually consisted of a few poorly spelled Continue Reading