Memoir Writing in 6 Easy Steps

Your Life Counts

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
90 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2019
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

Writing your own memoir is not easy. The idea to pen your life story can lead you to a sort of writer’s block as soon as you start thinking about it. You wonder who will ever care about your personal experiences, and your own writing ambitions may embarrass you. So, there you stay, with a pen in your hand, your ideas too confused to be put on paper. Memoir Writing in 6 Easy Steps by Sue Roupp is a short but exhaustive guide that helps memoirists overcome their doubts and start crafting their stories. It suggests how to create great characters, scenes, and dialogues, and how to represent conflicts and secrets. It also explains how to write effective beginnings and endings. In short, it analyzes the main elements of a memoir.

Memoir Writing in 6 Easy Steps is something more than a handbook. Roupp’s tips are strictly related to the genre she has chosen to highlight. Even in chapters about general topics as characters, scenes, and dialogues, Roupp’s suggestions are strictly connected to a precise aspect of the genre of memoir. This reveals her clear intent and makes this book a valuable resource. While informing readers about these best practices, Roupp reminds readers of the uniqueness of a human being. The importance of personal experiences is why people who start writing their own memoirs must be positive about them. There is always someone that will learn from what another person has to say. The educational value of memoirs has never been explained better.