THE SIX MOST COMMON MISTAKES MEMOIR WRITERS MAKE

Viga Boland

Viga Boland is the author of 4 memoirs. She mentors memoir and creative writing groups for the Hamilton, Ontario Public Library. She is also a paid speaker at conferences on child sexual abuse. Viga blogs and podcasts from her site at MEMOIRABILIA, from her personal author's website, VIGA BOLAND, and on her latest site for writers of all genres, VIANVI.

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    • Viga Boland says:

      Well, most of these points are what I see folks doing in all the live workshops I teach. That’s why I keep insisting they read memoirs if they want to write one. They just think all they have to do is narrate a story. Or record all the events and achievements of their lives. That might interest their families but that’s about it. And if it’s not written with some sense of what makes for exciting reading, even the family will be bored by it. That’s why I wrote my book. Somehow I need to get across that writing a memoir that others who don’t know you will be interested in reading is more than a chronological reporting of events in a life!

      • Meghan Portillo says:

        I’ve even been bored by some of my favorite authors’ memoirs … Edith Wharton’s was the worst, unfortunately. It is mind boggling that people don’t read *any* memoirs before embarking on their own. I’ve got a couple of projects up in the air and ideas that are percolating which means I’m reading those genres/subjects to get a better grasp of them.