Make the Opening to Your Memoir A Must-read - Part 2 of 2

Guest post by Linda K. Thomas. 

Originally posted January 17, 2019, on her blog, Spiritual Memoirs 101. Used by permission.


If you don't get this right, you'll lose readers.
Linda K. Thomas

After dismantling your scaffolding, it’s time to design a catchy opening for your memoir.

(You did remove your scaffolding, didn’t you? If not, you should! “Don’t think the reader will be patient with you until you can get around to the actual story,” writes Matilda Butler. If you need to brush up on what scaffolding is, click on Whether you’re building a castle or a memoir, the scaffolding must come down.)

Make the Opening to Your Memoir A Must-read - Part 1 of 2

Guest post by Linda K. Thomas. 
Originally posted January 10, 2019, on her blog, Spiritual Memoirs 101. Used by permission.
Linda K. Thomas
Your memoir’s opening is the most important part to write well.

You must craft every aspect well, but your beginning could make or break your entire book—so create curiosity, draw
readers in, and keep them reading.

A written piece’s opening will probably be the hardest to create, whether you’re composing a book, vignette, newspaper or magazine article, blog post, inspirational talk, or sermon.