Memoir Writing For Dummies

Memoir Writing For Dummies

by Ryan Van Cleave


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Memoir Writing For Dummies by Ryan Van Cleave

The fast and easy way to write your memoir

Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon, and not just bycelebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, andMemoir Writing For Dummies provides hopeful writers with thetools they need to share their life stories with the world andbecome published authors.

With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions—along withhelpful tips and advice on how to get published—MemoirWriting For Dummies shows you how to put pen to paper and honethe craft of writing a truly compelling memoir. You'll get adviceon how to explore your memories, map out your story, perfect yourplot, setting, character, and dialogue, and so much more.

  • Includes tips on getting over writer's block
  • Guides you through every step of the writing and editingprocesses
  • Covers the best ways to market a finished memoir

Packed with proven tips and writing tricks of the trade,Memoir Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need toensure your life story is never forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118414644
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/04/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 400,339
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: The First Steps to Writing a Memoir  7

Chapter 1: The Lowdown on Memoir Writing: Just the Basics 9

Chapter 2: Getting Started: What You Need to Know about WritingYour Memoir 17

Chapter 3: Understanding What Readers Expect: The Story Behind aGood Story 35

Chapter 4: Researching and Remembering: Gathering EnoughMaterial 47

Chapter 5: Developing Ideas like the Pros 61

Part II: Telling Your Story with Pizzazz  75

Chapter 6: Giving Your Story Some Structure77

Chapter 7: Establishing the Setting and Scene 93

Chapter 8: The Character of Characters 111

Chapter 9: Making the Most of Dialogue 129

Chapter 10: Realizing the Power of Voice 153

Chapter 11: Handling Point of View 165

Chapter 12: Bold Beginnings and Fantastic Finishes 179

Part III: Revising, Editing, and Pushing Your Story to theNext Level  193

Chapter 13: Adjusting the Big Picture: Fine-Tuning Structure andStory 195

Chapter 14: Ensuring the Theme and Meaning Are What You Want207

Chapter 15: Making Revisions 221

Chapter 16: Streamlining Your Story with Sentence-Level Edits231

Chapter 17: Saying the Unsayable: Knowing What to Include orExclude 251

Part IV: Sharing Your Story: A Publishing Primer 263

Chapter 18: Locating and Landing a Literary Agent 265

Chapter 19: Making Sense of Traditional Publishing and theSubmission Process 281

Chapter 20: Going It Alone: Self-Publishing and E-Publishing299

Chapter 21: Promoting Your Finished Product (and Yourself)317

Part V: The Part of Tens  333

Chapter 22: Ten Myths about Memoirs 335

Chapter 23: Ten Reasons Memoirs Are Rejected 341

Chapter 24: Ten Tips to Writing Your First Book 347

Index  353

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