Are you trying to write a memoir or an autobiography? Unsure of the difference between them? Do you want to learn some tips about how to write them? Continue reading if you want to find out more about both subgenres!
Memoirs: Is there a distinct moment you have lived that needs to be described to the world? A special experience that feels like a story? Maybe it’s time for you to start writing your very own memoir. Memoirs are a non-fictional, first-person compilation of events and memories extracted from an author’s real life. Here are our top tips on how to write a great memoir:
Autobiography: This subgenre allows you to explain the events of your entire life up until the moment of writing. As a writer, you must recollect all your memories from your life, follow your own point of view and be honest about the events. Here are some key elements to consider while writing your autobiography:
What Should I Write—Autobiography or Memoir?
If you’re still unsure about what to write here are some quick-fire questions to help you decide:
Which is more important to you, facts or emotions? If you answered facts, an autobiography is more suitable. If you went for emotions, try writing about them in a memoir.
Is chronology important to you or are you more focused on a specific subject? If you want to write more freely and stick to a theme, go for a memoir; if you’d rather stick to chronological order for your story then it’s probably an autobiography you’re after.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what genre you choose as long as you enjoy it! And if you start with one, but it doesn’t feel right, you can always change to the other. If you’re struggling to find your voice, you might find our blog on finding your voice useful.
You just have to find the genre that feels good for you! If you’d like some help deciding what genre best suits your writing style, we offer Pre-Publication Services such as our Writing Advisor Service that can help you with any aspect of book-writing, whether you’re at the very beginning stage of drafting up an idea, stuck on a plot, or starting to consider that final polish. Happy writing!