Memoir Writing For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 4, 2013 - Education - 384 pages
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Learn to:

  • Mine your past for great stories
  • Choose the best structure to highlight your story
  • Get your memoir published
  • Market your finished memoir

Expert tips and strategies to help you craft your life story and get it published!

Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon — and it's not just for celebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, and Memoir Writing For Dummies provides you with the tools you need to share your life story with the world. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions — along with helpful tips and advice on how to get published — Memoir Writing For Dummies shows you how to put pen to paper and hone the craft of writing a truly compelling memoir. You'll get advice on how to explore your memories, map out your story, perfect your plot, and so much more. Packed with proven tips and writing tricks of the trade, Memoir Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need to ensure your life story is never forgotten.

  • Remember the past — put on your research cap and uncover your memories
  • Get over writer's block — find out how to deal with distractions and focus on the task
  • Write your first draft — develop your structure, setting, characters, and dialogue
  • Edit your work — explore ways to push your story to the next level and make revisions like the pros
  • Get published — understand the publishing process and decide which route is right for you
  • Market your memoir — develop strategies to get the word out about your memoir

Open the book and find:

  • Ways to unlock your memories
  • Writing exercises in each chapter to improve your manuscript
  • How to use metaphor and figurative language
  • Strategies for fine-tuning your story
  • Tips for editing your work
  • How to find a literary agent
  • Understanding the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing
  • Ways to promote your finished product

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The First Steps to Writing a Memoir
Getting Started What You Need to Know about Writing Your
Granting Yourself Permission to Write a Memoir
Contemplating Readings Role
writing Exercises to Just Get You Started in the Right Direction
Falling action
Uncovering Yital Info about Yourself
Making the Most of Dialogue
Writing Less Is More
Realizing the Power of Voice
Handling Point of yiew
Bold Beginnings and Fantastic Finishes
Making Act 2 Work
Findng some closure
Adjusting the Big Picture FineTuning Structure and Story

Developing Ideas like the Pros
Breaking Past writers Block
Telling Your Story with Pizzazz
Establishing the Setting and Scene
Try a little culture
The Character of Characters
Writing Exercises on the Big Picture
Recognizing the main theme versus other themes
Making Revisions
Streamlining Your Story with SentenceLevel Edits

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Ryan G. Van Cleave, PhD, is the author of 20 books, including creative writing textbooks, an illustrated humor book, a young adult novel, and a bestselling memoir.?He lives in Sarasota, Florida, where he works as an international speaker, a freelance writer, and the creative writing coordinator for The Ringling College of Art + Design. He has taught memoir writing at numerous universities as well as at prisons, community centers, and urban at-risk youth programs.

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