I apologise for re-posting previous blog posts at the top of this site, based on personal needs at the moment. I will endeavour to make minor upgrades and changes while doing so.
According to Marian Roach Smith’s definition, “Memoirs are selections from your life story, shaped by theme, driven by a few burning questions. So the question the reader brings is: why these bits of your life? The answer to that question will lead you to your opening.” See her website at marionroach.com.
I also refer in this post to the American Lee Gutkind’s ideas when he refers to “Creative Nonfiction”: Stories well-told, utilising the devices of fiction, viz authentic dialogue, realised characters, dramatised events, and a unique voice.
When you write a memoir, it is your own voice, perhaps your most natural voice, that emerges. This was brought home to me recently when reading Brooke Champagne’s post about her childhood memories: from bendinggenre.com