For instance, Arthur and Lila Mae Debenham had chosen a title for their book years before they even started the process: They knew they wanted their book to reflect the "tender mercies" that God had bestowed upon them in their course through life, and this theme guided our efforts in the writing process, helping us decide what events to include and what to leave out.
But if you don't have a title already picked out, don't panic.
Feeling confused about the difference between memoir and autobiography? The terms are sometimes used interchangeably, and there is a lot of overlap between the two, so confusion is understandable.
But there are some basic differences that will help you distinguish between them and make sure you are using the most appropriate word. Both autobiography and memoir are first-person accounts of the writer’s life.
You can combine your name in a subtitle with a more thematic title, like .
Just keep in mind that the title of your book (along with the cover) is your first introduction to the reader.
Olaudah Equiano’s by Terese Marie Mailhot shifts back and forth in time and has a structure more focused on theme than chronology.
We finish the book with a sense of the major events of Mailhot’s life, but not necessarily their order.
Her childhood was especially eventful, but it doesn’t stand out because she was famous.
Memoirists do sometimes become famous, but usually it’s for writing memoirs.