Ready, Set, Memoir!
Ready, Set, Memoir! is full of helpful lists, exercises, inspiring quotes from famous memoirists, advice, lessons, and humor to help walk you through the writing process. This guided journal will inspire and motivate you to write—and finish!—your memoir.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), writing a first draft of their novels in thirty days. Following in the footsteps of the successful novel writing guide Ready, Set, Novel!, this handbook—written by one of the experts behind #NaNoWriMo—guides would-be memoirists step-by-step through the planning and writing process.
• FUN, ACCESSIBLE APPROACH TO MEMOIR: Starting any new project can be daunting, let alone a project as personal as memoir. Ready, Set, Memoir! has a light, engaging tone, paired with fun illustrations and activities to keep the book accessible and encouraging.
• AUTHOR WITH AUTHORITY: As the former program director for NaNoWriMo, Lindsey Grant knows a thing or two about starting a project and getting it done . . . and done fast!
• INSPIRING, EASY TO FOLLOW ROADMAP: With fun and fresh prompts, activities, and resources, Ready, Set, Memoir! breaks down the elements of memoir, helps nonfiction writers both new and seasoned understand the genre; establish the scope and trajectory of their story; build dramatic tension; craft a subplot; identify and overcome common pitfalls to the form, including writer's block and the relationship between memory and truth; revise; and ultimately find a market for your memoir.
Lindsey Grant was the program director for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for three years. She is the co-author of the NaNoWriMo-guided writing journal Ready, Set, Novel!, and the memoir Sleeps with Dogs. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and English from Mills College in Oakland, California, and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.