An autobiography generally covers the author’s entire life to date and is presented as a factual, usually chronological account. Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life, for example, takes us from Martin’s childhood and early jobs to the beginning of his career and professional success. In contrast, a memoir covers a distinct time in the author’s life, such as… Read more »

Duck dabbling

Are you headed for a family history, autobiography, or memoir? Because writing has an unnerving ability to silently turn east and leave you thinking you’re still heading north, having a destination in mind can be useful on the trip.