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Are you writing a MEMOIR or an AUTOBIOGRAPHY? (Free Chart)

Here's a QUIZ to help you figure out how to tell the difference between a memoir (or personal story) and an autobiography. Which one fits you best? (See answer key below.)

 

1) My story is going to be a detailed, meticulous history of my life (or someone else's life.) That means it is probably:
a. Memoir
b. Autobiography/Biography

 

2) My story is going to focus mostly on a certain season of my life. That means it is:
a. Memoir
b. Autobiography/Biography

 

3) With all that I'm planning to cover in my story, it's going to be several books (or one very long book). That means it is probably:
a. Memoir
b. Autobiography/Biography

 

4. I'm planning to include 2 or 3 short stories per chapter, crafted into scenes with dialogue. This is more commonly done with:
a. Memoir
b. Autobiography/Biography

 

5. I'll be writing in chronological order, not jumping around. This is probably:
a. Memoir
b. Autobiography/Biography

 

6. Plenty of background and accurate historical details are crucial for this:
a. Memoir
b. Autobiography/Biography

 

7. This should read almost like a novel, even though it's true:
a. Memoir
b. Autobiography/Biography

 

How did you do? Here is the answer key: 1) b; 2) a; 3) b; 4) a; 5) b; 6) b; 7) a.

 

I hope you aced the quiz, and that you have a little bit clearer understanding of the differences between memoir and autobiography.

 

As always, come on over to the Everything Memoir private Facebook group and ask questions (or send me an email using the contact form here on the website).

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