Unlock your bestselling memoir formula

Discover your writing style to unlock your bestselling memoir formula

Ever wondered what sort of memoir you should write? Take the quiz below to find your best genre!

You’ve just made a new friend – what story from your life do you share?
  1. No story, you wind up giving them a pep talk, cause you love to motivate people.
  2. That time you hiked the Himalayas / rented a Villa in the South of France / threw away all your possessions to live somewhere far from home
  3. Things your psychotherapist taught you
  4. What it’s like to have a blog post or an article go viral on the internet
What’s your psychological superpower?

1: You find the positive in every situation
2: You’re plucky and you know it
3: You explore deep, difficult topics sans flinching
4: You ferret out details and info like the FBI

Cast your mind back to school day you. What did you do on camp?

1: Round up your friends and organise the concert performance (often a dance or a song)
2: Get in trouble for going out of bounds. Once you even hitched a ride back to camp!
3: Started a séance or broke into the boys dorm
4: Interviewed the boy who found a marijuana crop to write about it for the school newsletter

What’s your level of writing experience?
  1. Low-to-no, but you’ve taught yourself far more difficult things. You’ve got to start somewhere!
  2. Not much, but you’ve got a pile of travel journals you can’t bring yourself to throw away.
  3. Medium: You keep a semi-regular journal / have done a couple workshops and had a personal essay published in a magazine
  4. Pro: You make your living as a journalist, copywriter or blogger
What was the last book you pre-ordered?
  1. Marie Forleo’s upcoming Everything is Figureoutable
  2. Under the Tuscan Sun special anniversary edition
  3. High Achiever by Tiffany Jenkins
  4. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

    If you got mostly 1’s…..
    You should write a self-help-type memoir! Think simple steps and using your own story to teach people how to do something better. These are KILLER in the market-place right now, and by deep-diving into your own story to make it deeper and richer, you give the reader a rollicking and inspirational journey.

    If you got mostly 2’s…..
    You should write a travel memoir. You’d have some amazing stories from your journals (if you don’t, learn how to keep a journal for memoir here) and travel memoir sells SO WELL at airports because we all love to vicariously adventure through the page. Bonus points if you took some video footage – that would make for a killer book trailer!If you got mostly 3’s…..
    You should write a literary memoir. Memoirs like Kay Redfeld-Jamieson’a An Unquiet Mind and Augusten Burroughs’ DRY are so satisfying because they deeply explore a section of the author’s life with reflection, intensity and psychological insight.

    If you got mostly 4’s…
    Well, you’re all over ‘platform’ if you’ve already had some non-fiction published! You could try a memoir-reportage hybrid which sell really well because they cross real-life (everyone wants to know about personal experiences) mixed with modern trends, reasons and data.

Turn your idea into a bestseller! With 90 Day Manuscript you’ll have the step-by-step blueprint to take your idea into a finished book. Or up-level the entire memoir and sell it to a publisher with Memoir Academy.


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Author. Editor. Memoir course creator. Lover of cats, kindness, and coffee.


  1. Lydia Kinda September 23, 2019 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Hi Louisa,
    I just finished reading A Letter from Paris. I loved the book, loved the story and your journey. I am currently writing my father’s story as a historical fiction, having spent years not finding a lot of the answers I fictionalised the gaps. I have set myself a deadline to finish the book but after I do I may come back and do your Memoir course as I would like to write more.

    I too travelled to the south of France, not to St Clair but Agde West of Marseilles. It was the end of a long journey I took retracing my father’s steps in 1940. He arrived in Agde in February 1940 after having travelled east from Czechoslovakia through Hungary, Yugoslavia, to Turkey, Lebanon where he caught a boat to Algiers and then eventually a Czech army camp in Agde. He was part of the Czech Division of the French Army travelled up east of Paris and then retreated south, then headed West and was evacuated from St Jean de Luz on the Atlantic coast. I went there before I went to Agde with similar feelings to those you experienced in Saint Clair and surrounds.
    I am known for my rambling, great book and great work getting it published. Kind regards, Lydia Kinda

  2. Louisa September 24, 2019 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Thank you, Lydia! I appreciate the feedback. Best wishes for your writing 🙂

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