Loose Endings in Memoir

In life we often have loose ends in our story. Nothing is really resolved. Things go on anyway. People come in and out of our life and we don’t do much to hold them because we are distracted or don’t care that much. Events come and go and we mean to participate again but we have a knee injury or time goes by too quickly to do it again. So much is started and drifts away. Much is said but not done. We are busy and let things be. We follow up on thoughts and ideas and sometimes, we don’t. In more recent  fiction this is shown and called an open endings toan event, thought, idea. We don’t know what happened to that person and what changed her mind. Continue reading “Loose Endings in Memoir” »

Memoir as Revenge

What should we do when we want revenge in memoir?

 One thing I would caution you not to write about or do is revenge. It is never okay to write for the public with the motive of revenge. Write your own revenge thoughts in a/your journal for yourself to vent your feelings. Revenge seems to come back to you one way or another: the other will see it and be unnecessarily angry, even justifiably angry, or you’ll move past those feelings and wish you hadn’t published such anger. It’s ok to feel that way as part of your beginning healing process but to write it in first person may hurt you in the long run. And the other.

Write a short story fiction about the incident or short story somewhat fictional tale and send these out for publication. Keep the true facts and people and incident private if the motivation is to hurt someone else. Continue reading “Memoir as Revenge” »

Collaging Chapters into a Book

When you write your memoir you can do it by memory and then piece the short pieces together adding transitions between the pieces or chapters.  An important thing to remember is that each piece must start with a compelling sentence that leads the reader into the action right away. It’s like a scene in a movie. If you can see it, you are showing us and not telling us.  Save the telling for connections between scenes. So, start with action, connect with a bit of narrative, more action (scene) and when ready end with a question, a mystery, a conclusion left partly unknown or sometimes with a conclusion. Continue reading “Collaging Chapters into a Book” »

Organizing Your Book

Together the last two days with author to frame her book. She has years of great material but it needs to be organized. We started with theme of book, went to deciding on a working title, and now are in the process of determining sections and what ideas will go under each section. It’s easy to brainstorm with another because you stay on track. Continue reading “Organizing Your Book” »