We typically think of memoirs as being written by someone “of a certain age.” Why did you choose to write a memoir? When writing about your personal life, how do you decide how much personal information to include? Did you tell the people you wrote about that you wrote about them? Everyone’s names and identifying details were changed whether I did or not.
The goal is to narrate this event or situation in a way that the reader can fully experience and understand.
This type of writing generally incorporates both narrative and descriptive writing, which are two of the main modes of writing.
When in doubt, stick with past tense for the actual event and present tense to discuss the change.
As "personal historians," Tom and I often use these terms interchangeably when blogging or teaching about the concept of writing one's life stories.
Traditionally, it has been the most common form of life storytelling.
An autobiography, although comprehensive in scope, does not necessarily have to be long.
I wrote another piece for New York Times called “Running as Therapy,” and reaction to that was so big that I thought I should keep going. I have a close family, so it was awkward but worked out just fine.
When you get a bad review, like I did today, they’re trashing the way you tell story of your life. Then, of course, before publication, the lawyers get involved – but write first, and worry about the legal read later.
Be sure to use plenty of detail to make this happen and avoid overrelying on adjectives. Don’t tell the reader that the sunset was breathtaking, describe it. When describing a particular event, most writers focus on how a place or situation appeared.
This is because most of us tend to be sight dominant when using senses.