Writing in Vignettes Can Generate a Book Length Memoir — 8 Comments

  1. I love this style of writing for memoir and Abigail Thomas is a favorite of mine.
    This is beautifully laid out like bits of conversations with loved ones and others.
    Thank you!

    • Thank you, Sally. Breaking my long story down into emotional and easily readable vignettes worked for me this time. I was inspired by some masters, and just let the pen spring to life!

  2. Hi Marilea and Sheila- I’m leaning toward lyric essay or vignette structure for my memoir in progress. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Hi Mary Ellen, glad the article was instructive. With my first memoir, I was pretty consumed with content. But with this second go-around at telling very much the same story, I paid as much attention to how I told it as the story itself. Sheila, a gifted poet herself, helped me mine some creative writing skills that made the book more enjoyable to read. And, of course, she led me to the vignette structure, which made the book easier to read. A win-win all around.

      • Marilea – I have your book now, and am familiar with Abigail’s, and Kim Stafford’s books. I look forward to additional help from Sheila.
        Thanks, Again!

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