Today’s post begins a series bringing you a sampling of the memoir writing resources I have uncovered as I write my memoir. I hope what I share will be helpful and perhaps help you in finding a resource that makes a difference in your journey as a memoir writer.
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I clicked on the link and began my investigation of The Memoir Project site. I discovered that the site is an aggregate of memoir writing tips and tools from the site’s owner, Marion Roach Smith. Additionally, I found that Smith is the author of a companion book by the same title, The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Standardized Text for Writing & Life.
To be honest, I always research a book I’m tempted to purchase by checking it out at my local library. And I did so with The Memoir Project. The book intrigued me enough that I bought it and keep it on my desk.
What I found as the premise for Smith’s teachings and personal beliefs about writing is best summed up in the following quotes taken from her introduction:
So let’s begin together, literally on the same page, and with a tacit agreement that from this moment on, we will write no exercises; we will write for real. With a goal.
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When you write memoir, you’ll be writing what you know.
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From this minute forward, your intent is to write with purpose.
A short book at 112 pages Smith provides, I believe, a good overview of writing memoir. For me both the website and book have become meaningful resources for my writing.
I encourage you to check out The Memoir Project site and the varied resources available as well as taking a look at the book, which is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound, or perhaps your local library shelves it.
There are many valuable resources available for memoir writers. The Memoir Project is just one. So I urge you to find resources that feel like a good fit for you. There is no one perfect resource that fits every writer.
Do you have a favorite memoir writing resource or resources?
If so, I hope you’ll share them in a comment below.