Am I Qualified to Write Memoir?
You don’t have to have a career as a writer, have an MFA to write memoir or be qualified in any other manner. The subject is your life — no one is more qualified to write about your life than you!
Having an MFA, English degree, being a teacher or writer can and will certainly give you a leg up. Grammar and spelling seems to be the scariest part for non-writers. But, those things are fixable. The voice, emotion and actual stories are yours and yours alone. No one is more qualified to write them.
The key to memoir –
I have found the key to writing memoir — starting. Once you start and keep going, it gets easier and easier. Reading others’ memoirs is also a must for an aspiring memoirist. Read, analyze and learn from those that have successfully accomplished the same goal you are striving towards. Writers are readers — bottom line.
Just as Anne Lamott’s book states – “Bird by Bird” — take your life “Story by Story” — one step at a time.