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Autobiography and Memoir

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Writing a memoir is not the same as writing an autobiography book.


Here are the differences between them:


An Autobiography or Biography

This type of book presents a revealing account of:


- A person’s entire life.


- Their personal history.


- Their birth, youth, and adulthood, ending with old age.


- Their secrets, education, conflicts, and achievements.


- Their personal history recounted in chronological order.


Also, a biography or autobiography is usually written at the end of

someone’ s life. A biography can also be written about someone else,

such as a celebrity, important historical figure, famous athlete,

politician, or spiritual leader, among others.



A Memoir


- Any significant event or a series of moments in one’s life.


- A piece or timeframe of a person’s life.


- Though it can be about anything, it usually features an event or series of

events turned into stories that reveal a message.

- For example, it can be about the death of someone you loved, the

habits of your older brother, a trip to Europe, a spiritual insight, becoming

a writer, finding true love, or life on the beach.

- A memoir focuses on particular events that relate to each other in order

to reveal a life lesson.

Remember, a memoir should be interesting in itself, and should be about

your intimate, personal experiences.


An inspiring memoir is written like a novel, and should include these

important elements: Characters, Location, Conflict, Structure, Point of

View, Conclusion and Message.



Much love,

Valeria