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Memoir Writing for Dummies

The fast and easy way to write your memoir Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon, and not just by celebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, and Memoir Writing For Dummies provides hopeful writers with the tools they need to share their life stories with the world and become published authors. 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, 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 editing processes 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 to ensure your life story is never forgotten.
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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 Writing Your Memoir 17 Chapter 3: Understanding What Readers Expect: The Story Behind a Good Story 35 Chapter 4: Researching and Remembering: Gathering Enough Material 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 the Next Level 193 Chapter 13: Adjusting the Big Picture: Fine-Tuning Structure and Story 195 Chapter 14: Ensuring the Theme and Meaning Are What You Want 207 Chapter 15: Making Revisions 221 Chapter 16: Streamlining Your Story with Sentence-Level Edits 231 Chapter 17: Saying the Unsayable: Knowing What to Include or Exclude 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 the Submission Process 281 Chapter 20: Going It Alone: Self-Publishing and E-Publishing 299 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

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.

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