Memoir

Memoir Writing

This post is one of 26 I am writing for the A-Z Challenge on the subject of writing a memoir. I’m not an expert in writing memoirs, but I’m exploring the topic with thoughts about writing one, and am happy to share the fruits of my exploration.

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Now that we’ve got half-way through these posts about memoir-writing, we must have a pretty good idea about what a memoir is, right? Well, this is what I think:

A memoir is a slice of life – not a whole life, like an autobiography, but the part or parts of a life that substantiate a message or messages the writer wants to convey.

Linda Joy Myers says (amongst other things) “A memoir is a story with structure, a theme, and a reason for a reader to be engaged.”

This is from Dictionary.com:

1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.

2. Usually, memoirs.

a. an account of one’s personal life and experiences; autobiography.

b. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.

3. a biography or biographical sketch.

What do you think a memoir is?

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