As a journalist in a newsroom, I never worried about how to write. I just did it. I put words on my computer screen to meet a deadline.
But memoir, in full-book form, is a different game. One of the ways I’ve adjusted is by reading books on the craft of writing. So during the last few months, I’ve asked writers and literary agents, through online forums, to recommend books on craft. They’ve repeated some of the same titles again and again. Several are specific to writing memoir, while others apply to any genre.
Here’s what’s on my reading list:
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (Just picked this one up from the library.)
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer
The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction: How to Write and Sell the Novel of True Events by Peter Rubie (I can recommend this one.)
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington
Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg.
Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Zinsser
Can you add any books to this list?