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“But, Majesty, where shall I begin?” asks White Rabbit.
“Begin at the beginning,” replies the Queen. “And, when you come to the end, stop.”
Unknown to Carroll and his characters, the Queen came up with two excellent tips for writers; at least we can look back and make of it as we will.
I begin with a thank-you to Sharon Lippincott for the term life writing. She took the genres of biography, autobiography, memoir, life story, and family history and bundled them into one super-genre. I like it.
Another amalgam is creative nonfiction, which uses fiction writing techniques to tell nonfiction stories. See my post of January 3, 2011 for certified genealogist Sharon DeBartolo Carmack’s take on creative nonfiction in writing your family history. Examples of creative nonfiction in memoir include Ira Wagler’s Growing Up Amish and Marry Karr’s The Liars Club: A Memoir. The magazine Creative Nonfiction is devoted to this type of writing.
The list below covers fiction and nonfiction resources for writers of all genres, with special applications for life writing. I hope you find them useful.
100 Resources for Writers
Emily Suess's list includes writing prompts, networking, and blogging.
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life. To hear her interview, stay with the NPR audio link as it takes a while for her part to begin.
MemoryList Question Book by Denis Ledoux, founder of Soleil Lifestory Network.
A History of Me by David L. Burton, University of Missouri Extension, Greene County.
Oral History Interview, Questions and Topics at JewishGen.org.
Free newsletter on “Warnings About the Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Threaten Writers.” Don't be put off by the science fiction relationship at this site. The newsletter covers all genres.
Photo courtesy Niklas Nordblad.
What is your favorite website of tips for writers?