As with any kind of writing, you should know your market. Memoir writing is no different. You need to be reading and studying this genre. Here is a list of books and things to think about when you are reading them.
- How does the story start?
- What is the order of events?
- What is happening with the dialog-how often is it used? Does it help move the story along? Is 'said' used mostly?
- Does is read like a fiction story?
- Does it keep your interest? Why?
Someday My Prince Will Come-True Adventures Of a Wannabee Princess-True Adventures Of a Wannabee Princess
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Are You Somebody? By Nuala O’Faolain (often seen as the feminine counterpart to Frank McCourt)
Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Aphrodite in Jeans: Adventure Tales about Men, Midlife, and Motherhood by Katherine Doughtie
Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky
The Tender Bar by J.H. Moehringer
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Home by Julie Andrews
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer