Memoir Writing For Dummies by Ryan Van Cleave
(For Dummies (Language & Literature))

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Learn to:

Mine your past for great storiesChoose the best structure to highlight your storyGet your memoir publishedMarket your finished memoir

Expert tips and strategies to help you craft your life story and get it published!

Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon — and it's not just for celebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, and Memoir Writing For Dummies provides you with the tools you need to share your life story with the world. 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, and so much more. 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.Remember the past — put on your research cap and uncover your memoriesGet over writer's block — find out how to deal with distractions and focus on the taskWrite your first draft — develop your structure, setting, characters, and dialogueEdit your work — explore ways to push your story to the next level and make revisions like the prosGet published — understand the publishing process and decide which route is right for youMarket your memoir — develop strategies to get the word out about your memoir

Open the book and find:Ways to unlock your memoriesWriting exercises in each chapter to improve your manuscriptHow to use metaphor and figurative languageStrategies for fine-tuning your storyTips for editing your workHow to find a literary agentUnderstanding the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishingWays to promote your finished product

 

About Ryan Van Cleave

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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.
 
Published February 4, 2013 by For Dummies. 384 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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