Started talking to an enthusiastic new author yesterday, and the work ties nicely into this blog. Here is something you might already know: show don’t tell. Though I think the concept is better expressed: experience, don’t philosophize. Show don’t tell is a writing tip you can get in any book or site dealing with writing basics, but let’s take a look at how the old adage applies to writing (or ghostwriting, in my case) a memoir or any first person account of events. Keep in mind that I’m assuming you aren’t writing a book of essays but a book that you want to read like a novel–something where the characters grab you, suspense builds, and readers are eager to turn that page and see what happens next.
When people ask me what I do and I tell them I ghostwrite memoirs, they often ask if I write celebrity memoirs. Actually, what I do is very different from your typical celebrity memoir, because unlike celebrity ghostwriters, I tell my clients: don’t be the hero of every story. This is a handy memoir tip … Read more