Not sure how to write a book about an art period or movement? Here are 10 approaches to get you started, with explanations and examples.
It’s a common problem. You’re eagerly writing the story of your life from beginning to end when suddenly you get to that jerk you’d love… Read More »The Autobiographical Novel – Telling the Truth, But Not Quite!
There are seven standard structures for business books, including “Smashing the Paradigm,” “Borrowing from Other Fields,” and “We’ve Got Trouble.” A look at each, with examples from popular books.
Many bestselling business books begin in one of five ways: with a story about the book’s topic, with a story about the author, by demonstrating the situation/phenomenon the book discusses, by explaining necessary background, or with a dictionary definition. A look at each of these five approaches, with examples.
You can start a sports memoir at the moment you’re down and out, by describing a feeling no one else understands, just before the big event, and early in childhood, where it all began. A look at these techniques, with examples.
There are several ways to begin a military memoir, including starting as you head off to war, starting after you’ve retired and are looking back, starting by explaining why you joined up, and starting shortly after your enlistment has ended. A look at these techniques, with examples.
There are numerous ways to begin a political memoir, including at the moment when all seems lost, at a time of great crisis, with an interesting realization, and as your time in office is coming to an end. A look at these techniques, with examples.
Popular family memoirs often begin with a discussion of an object that hold memories, by describing what sets your and your family apart, with a recitation of family facts, and by talking about the thing that has loomed so very large in your family’s life. A look at these techniques, with examples.
Here are five examples of the opening paragraphs from popular celebrity memoirs. As you can see, some celebrity memoirs begin by highlighting the celeb’s persona, while other have tried to pull back the curtain to reveal the real person underneath it all.
Examples of how to begin your life story, from the autobiographies of John Denver, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, and American sniper Chris Kyle.