I didn't think too heavily of all these, or even know, until I saw this article. But now I can see I've been following some, if not all, of them.
If others can identify with what I am describing that I went through, then I believe I am giving the readers what they need, as well as taking them on a journey, to see if how much they can identify, if at all. This is how I seem to be connecting to the readers emotionally. I also feel I have been teaching them a lesson in how I did what I did, had to do, something I've learned from other people's memoirs. And I've been trying to write well, rewriting many times--a normal part of the process.
How have any of you followed these? Or are there other reasons you chosen a book and chosen how to write yours?