If you’ve read through some of my previous posts, you’ve probably noticed I have a leaning towards personal types of writing. I love essays, journaling, and memoirs. Our lives are stories and everyone has a story to tell. My life is so overflowing that right now this is where my heart can find release to pour things out. I have to write it down.
As with any form of writing you choose to partake, it’s said one of the best steps to do is read the form of writing you want to write. I’ve been working on a memoir, so I’ve been reading memoirs. Two memoirs I really enjoyed reading were Falling Apart in One Piece by Stacy Morrison and Eat, Pray, and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir I’m currently reading is The Victoria’s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming by Jennie Nash. It is about her journey through breast cancer, which my step mother is currently having to face.
I’ll read anything if it strikes me right, but I tend to read memoirs written by women about their lives. Either the book’s description or a brief flip through has to catch my eye with something I can relate to on some level. I do have the book On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King on my wish list to read. I love reading about writers’ lives. Another memoir I have read was Literary Life by Larry McMurtry. Unfortunately, it did not top my list for enjoyable memoirs. It seemed to have a bit much pomp and a little too over factual for my tastes, but that’s just me.
One of my absolute favorite bloggers is Kat Collins. She has a wealth of writing information and resource links on her blog. She is also doing something I had never heard of before, but is an interesting idea. She is blogging a memoir book she is writing : The Good Wife. She has some guest blogs on the topic of blogging a book at her Kat Collins blog, then you can go to the other blog to read her book thus far.
If you’ve ever been hesitant to write, maybe you’ll decide the truth is easier than fiction. I’ve found my life is so unreal at times it seems, it’s just easier to write about it than try to make things up. You can start small. Start keeping a journal about your life or choose to write one story or blog post till you have enough for a book. Two good organizations to learn more about writing memoirs are National Association of Memoir Writers and Story Circle Network. Happy writing…
P.S. – I forgot another memoir I recently finished and thought was well written was If I Am Missing or Dead by Janine Latus. Warning is it’s sad and a tragic story of abuse. It’s a story I think many women need to read.
- How Real Can I Be? (storycirclenetwork.wordpress.com)
- While I was writing… (sherrylcook.wordpress.com)
- It’s About Time Someone Breathed New Life into Writing Memoir – Award-Winning Author Lynn Cook Henriksen Tells How She Did it in Recent Interview with Judith Marshall (prweb.com)