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Write Your Memoir: One Story at a Time Paperback – March 1, 2017
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In the second half, you’ll find jump-starts: questionnaires you can use to stimulate story ideas from various stages of your life, and prompts to help get you past writer's block, or to stimulate new stories. I recommend you read this short, punchy book through once, doing the exercises, then, a month or two after applying it to your writing, go through the book again; the advice for improving will soak in deeper, and you’ll rediscover calls to action.
You may also benefit from any one of the suggested books in her bibliography of few recommended readings. I particularly like online resources she lists at the end of the book.
Well-organized and concise, each section of the book made me want to put it down before I had finished reading it, and START WRITING! Fortunately, I kept reading, and felt my excitement to write grow with each chapter.
Baxter addresses issues all memoir writers have, such as” tackling painful or embarrassing experiences:” “What about hurting others?”, “Organizing Your Stories,” and “Publishing Your Book.” At the end of the book, Baxter even included an index of tips, exercises to overcome writer’s block, a list of resources, and a sample story from her own memoirs. She covers every aspect of the memoir-writing process.
This is a book you’ll want to keep as a constant companion along with your writing tools.