Memoir Writing

Unlock the secrets of your life. Memoir writing can be a process of personal healing or it can be a way to illustrate something important for your reader. Either way this group is a place to share technique, experience, ideas and information. We all have a story to tell. Perhaps yours is a place where you can mine for writer's gold. 

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Moderator Deborah Herman

Deborah Herman is a co-founder of WAENet and is now the co-author of the memoir: "Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life inside his cult and the Darkness that ended the Sixties" by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman (William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins, October 24 2017) Throughout the journey of writing someone else's story Herman gained insight into how to bring these events to life. Capturing the voice was a challenge but the greater challenge was crafting a unique narrative that would set itself apart from all the other "Manson books" to be seen as what it is: a memoir. These are the challenges any writer faces when writing something that is true and based upon memory. The difficulty with memoir is what to leave out as much as what to put in. Herman hopes to take this journey with other memoir writers throughout this forum to discuss the process of memoir. 

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How to write memoir without saying" then I did this" or "then this happened" dialogue...

Started by Linda Rose. Last reply by Lynn Marie Foy Oct 17, 2015. 4 Replies

When I read back what I've written so far, I want to scream! Its about expereince's I've had, a life story, but reads like "then this happened, and that happened... I hate it.What can do to make it…Continue

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Comment by Linda Rose on June 30, 2015 at 10:02am

In the process of writing more details in my memoir novel. The basic outline is complete but it sounds to " and then I"    so need help with this part. Maybe get into the nitty bitty of what happened adding more detailed information. Any advice as to how to stop this "and then this happened" then I did this dialogue.....


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