Rachael Herron’s new book Fast Draft Your Memoir: Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours gives an aspiring writer the feeling of having Rachael as a navigator on the road to finishing the first draft of a memoir. The essence lies in the way she teaches the writer how to write a fascinating book rather than a boring one. Herron steers writers toward drafting an engaging memoir by either covering a specific passage of time in one’s life or by composing chapters based on a theme. She provides precise step-by-step instructions together with ample expressions of sincere confidence in the writer’s ability to follow her guidance.
Writers differ on the value of revising one’s work along the way or waiting until a first draft is completed. On this question, Herron is firmly in the camp of finishing a first draft before moving on to revise one’s work.
With the help of Herron’s advice, a person can stop careening across the writing highway, make forward progress between the lines, and successfully complete the first draft of a memoir. Now if only I can follow her advice.
My short play "Reservations" premiered at the Winters 10-Minute Play Festival and has been selected for future performances in Brentwood, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Find my stories in 166 Palms Something That Matters, Your Life is a Trip, and on my blog The Tideline. My forthcoming novel Matisse in Winter was a finalist in the San Francisco Writer's Conference Writing Contest. Government analyst, writer, teacher, golden retriever owner, art lover.