A-Z Challenge: C is for…


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.



How do we get from starting to write to a ready-to-publish memoir? Many qualities make up the craft of memoir writing:

  • Memory
  • Detachment
  • Insight into the past
  • Story-telling
  • Humour
  • Ability to draw the reader in
  • Order
  • Logic
  • Understanding
  • Perseverance

I’ll be discussing these in future posts. Can you think of any to add?

Edit: Many thanks to Angela Brown and Rosalind Adam who added these:

  • Honesty
  • Self-belief