I have a new favourite writing book. It is Fast-Draft Your Memoir (Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours) by Rachael Herron. And I’d recommend it to anyone interested in writing – even if you’re not writing memoir.
Fast-Draft Your Memoir by Rachael Herron
I really do love this book. I feel like I’ve learnt alot from it and it has already helped me to move my memoir (& my writing) forward.
I’ve been working on a memoir since 2016. It’s about emigrating to New Zealand, our life there and then the decision to return to the UK. I’ve got a chunk of words (over 50k!) sitting in a document and I got stuck. I didn’t know how to shape the spill of words (and emotion) into something that people would want to read. So I procrastinated. A lot. But I still felt hope that one day I’d be able to wrestle the story that’s inside of me (and partly typed out already) into something worth reading.
Reading Fast-Draft Your Memoir has been like a breath of fresh air. I feel inspired and motivated to carry on and finish getting my story out onto the page.
The book is jam-packed with wonderful pep talks, honesty about the hard bits of writing and lots of tips for planning, writing and revising your work.
The chapters on planning and revision are practical and give lots of advice and steps to work your way through. There are exercises all the way through the book that help to build a story, get it down on paper and then polish it up ready to shine.
I know this post sounds gushy but I really can’t help it. I know this book has changed the way I look at writing and how I will plan and revise my work going forward.
If you’re interested in writing – read this book!
Rachael also hosts a podcast called “How Do You Write?” and I’ve been gradually watching/listening to some of these whilst also reading Fast-Draft Your Memoir. She’s featured the revisions chapter on one of the podcasts so you could start there.
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