Think transferable principles in a story well told.
All people, regardless of age, ethnicity, location, and social status, share certain felt needs: food, shelter, and love.
It’s as important in a memoir as it is in a novel to .
Example: My father was a drunk who abused my mother and me.
Your memoir will be autobiographical, but it will not be your life story. A memoir draws on selected anecdotes from your life to You might start with memories that show how bad things once were for you.
Then you would show pivotal experiences in your life, important people in your transformation, what you learned, and how you applied certain principles to see this vast change.Whether they admit it or not, readers care most about their own lives.Imagine a reader picking up your memoir and thinking, .Naturally, the better the stories, the better the memoir.are not the point — and frankly, neither is the memoirist (you).But memoirs by nobodies succeed all the time — and for one reason: they resonate with readers because readers identify with truth.Truth, even hard, gritty, painful truth, bears transferrable principles.If you’re afraid to mine your pain deeply enough tell the whole truth, you may not be ready to write your memoir.There’s little less helpful — or marketable — than a memoir that glosses over the truth.I was scared to death every time I heard him come in late at night.As soon as I heard the gravel crunch beneath the tires and the car door open and shut, I dove under my bed.