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Memoir Inspiration

Your ghostwriter will help you in executing voice, organization, and pace. But if you tell him or her that you were inspired by a particular memoir, it will give the ghost a better idea of how to translate your vision into a published book.

The following are some examples of famous memoirs that have spurred people to put their own lives into print.

  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • Out of Africa by Karen Bixen
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Chronicles by Bob Dylan
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • October Sky by Homer H. Hickham, Jr.
  • See No Evil by Robert Baer
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton

You may already have a crystal clear idea of how you want your story to read, but sampling other memoirs will still give you valuable insight into what elevates a personal story to greatness.

You may also want to read Memoir Preparation.

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