If you are someone who wants to write a memoir, then you will realize that it is very difficult to get started. Your memoir can contain events in your life that are happy and events that are sad. But how do your write a memoir?
The tips given below can help and encourage you to start writing down your memoir.
Memoirs are not the same as autobiographies since memoirs only focus on a small portion of your life while an autobiography is the story of your whole life. A memoir is a story within your whole life story. Just keep focused on your chosen event in our life. Do not lose your focus on what you are writing and go somewhere else.
If you don’t start writing now, then you will not be able to write. Each day there should be progress in your memoir. If you are going to be effective, write at the same time, the same place and with the same amount of time each day. You can begin by saying ‘I remember’ and write about what you did remember.
Include important people and events and do not include those that are not important to the story. No matter how important a person is to you, if the story does not need him to be there, then don’t include him. If you are writing about your career, then you don’t have to include that special someone. Only those people and events that help continue the story line must be included.
People who read memoirs want to be moved. Like fiction novels, readers look to be involved and to have their attention kept. It would be boring to read memoirs that only enumerate certain events according to how they happened. With the use of dialogue, suspense, description of the setting, you can bring your story or scene to life.
If there is a memoir writing group in your area or an online memoir writing group, it would be beneficial to join. You can use search engines for suggestions. If your local college offers writing courses, the you can enroll there or enroll in an online writing school. One of the best ways to improve your skills is to let a writer help you.
Memoirs are written in the first person because it is your story. Your story is your own and you are the best person wo can tell it.
Once you know who the people to include are and what events to write about, then you should start writing the details. These details will draw the reader in and allow them to picture your story happening in their mind.
Before you start editing, you story must be finished. It is not advisable to stop to edit when your ideas are coming out quickly. You can lose your train of thought and direction if you stop to edit your work. You can do the editing after you have written everything.