Here are the key steps I took:
- Started a Memoir Journal in March 2014
- Read a few memoirs and other related books (you'll find them listed below)
- Wrote 4 short memoir pieces of about 2000 words each
- Shared two memoir pieces with trusted friends; one a writing buddy who provided feedback/critique and copy editing, the other an interested reader who provided her five best highlights
- Browsed the Internet and read a lot of 'How to Write Your Memoir?' websites
- Read On Writing by Stephen King (for the second time)
- Browsed the Internet for non-fiction publishers
|Page 175 caught my attention!|
Stephen King's quotes from On Writing:
'...I believe the first draft of a book - even a long one -
should take no more than three months, the length of a season.
Any longer and - for me, at least - the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel...'
'I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words.
That's 180,000 words over a three-month span,
a goodish length for a book -
something in which the reader can get happily lost,
if the tale is done well and stays fresh.'
Stephen King suggests 1000 words a day, and he suggests taking one day a week off, at least to begin with. 'No more; you'll lose the urgency and immediacy of your story if you do.'
So I made a note in my memoir journal in bright red:
The commitment written - in red - stared back at me. What the heck, I thought, let's give this a shot!
- By 3rd July, I had a draft word count of over 19,000 words.
- By 8th August, I had a completed first draft of over 32,000 words.
In a future post, I'll share the writing process I used and how it felt to complete and then submit my memoir's first draft to my publishers.
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Books I read:
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro
- Volcano by Yvonne Weekes
- Kiskadee Girl by Maggie Harris - more on this gem in a future post!
- Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
- Stet an editor's life by Diana Athill
- My Song - A Memoir of Art, Race and Defiance by Harry Belafonte - my review is here
- Growing Up by Russell Baker
- Journey of Memoir, The Three Stages of Memoir Writing - A Workbook - by Linda Joy Myers
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