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Tips On Writing A Memoir

Updated on February 11, 2012

Tips On Writing A Memoir

Writing a memoir can be time consuming and exhausting if you are unsure of how to go about it. Many people write memoirs for many different reasons and for any of these reasons here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Focus as you write. You know what you want to say, but sometimes our mind can get ahead of us and you might end up putting it down in the wrong way, etc.

Stay focused on just what it is you want to say and even jot it down on a separate piece of paper if needed. Create an outline of everything you want to include.

Know who you are writing the memoir for. Depending on who you write this memoir for you will want to try and use different writing styles. If it is for close family or even a friend you might use a more personal writing style rather than if it was for a more public audience.

Use your outline as a small rough draft of the memoir you want to create. You might even write down certain words or phrases or even sentences that will remind you of a specific thing you want to mention in the memoir. Sometimes we can forget these special sentiments when we start the memoir because our minds are reeling away. Write it down and you have less chance of forgetting it!

Once you have an outline or rough draft done you can start putting the memoir together. You can fill in the times between the 'special' moments you mention and what you learned during those times, etc. Try not to change the entire memoir as you do this or it will take you even longer than you expected.

When you are done filling in the blanks you can finish it yourself or have someone help you. If you have the resources consider having it published or at least put into book format to give to your special loved one or for your public audience to view. Writing a memoir can be an accomplishment for anyone willing to take the time to do it.

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How to Start a Memoir

A memoir is an autobiography - just somewhat shorter than a regular autobiography.

When someone decides to write a memoir they usually want to include the most important aspects and topics of the story they want to tell.

This can be a time consuming project if you have not written one before so here are a few key things to remember in order to start a memoir.

Who are you writing this memoir for?

Maybe you want to write it for yourself, your children, or maybe even for a more broad audience like the public. Either way you need to know just who it is being written for before you should actually start it.

You might consider making an outline of what you want to include in the memoir before actually starting it. This can come in to play while writing because you won't have to worry about forgetting to mention something important. You can write down exactly what you want to put in it and even add to it as you think of things.

Remember when you write a memoir that it more than likely will not be perfect the first time. You will probably have to go through a few drafts before ending with a complete perfect memoir. When you finish writing, if you are not a skilled editor or proofreader, have someone do it for you. They can be a professional or a close friend that knows enough about editing a piece of work or memoir.

While you write a memoir remember the satisfaction you will gain when you finish it. You will have completed a special piece of your history for someone and it will probably be around for years to come. Enjoy writing it and put everything you can into it. It can be one of the most rewarding things in your life.

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How to Write a Memoir

Writing a memoir can be a very educational experience as well as a time to reflect on your life, etc.

Writing a memoir can be fairly simple if you have the knowledge of how to go about it. Everyone finds certain ways that work for them so keep in mind it may take time to find the best way for you.

When you write a memoir, it is best to jot down on a piece of paper everything you want to include or mention in the memoir.

One thing many people tend to forget or ignore is the fact that a memoir does not have to be completely positive. Some people tend to forget negative things that happened in their life because of the pain that comes when realizing it again.

Try to include any of these moments that you have tried to forget because they will have more of an affect to your end result than you might think.

If you remember a certain time in your life of something special but cannot remember all the little details, ask someone that was with you at that time; your mother, father, brother, sister or even a friend.

They might be able to help you remember the minor details of that special day or moment. This can be a great benefit because you can share the entire moment in your memoir.

You want to be as descriptive as possible when writing your memoir. This means putting down names, conversations, surrounding structures, time of the day, etc.

All these little keys factor in when you read the entire memoir from start to finish. Do not worry if you forget something the first time around. You will have plenty of time to proofread until you are completely satisfied with your final memoir.

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The Art and Craft of Memoir

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Several memoirists offer their viewpoints on writing about one's life. Each author talks about the process of discovering different ways to tell their own stories and then subjecting their stories to a critical analysis, understanding that it might be told differently.


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    • Afteretc profile image


      7 years ago

      This was very interesting with some great tips. I finally decided to write about my heart surgery experience, wish I would have found this lens first to use as a guideline. Well done. Thank you!

    • JulietJohnson profile image


      8 years ago

      I want to write a memoir because I'm already starting to forget... and I'm hoping that by starting to exercise the memory muscle NOW, I've a shot at remembering.

      Blessed by An Angel, btw... not that you need it, this is a lovely introduction to the topic!

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      Carol Goss 

      10 years ago

      Nice Lens, i want to write my memoirs because i plan to be the oldest living person in the world. Of course i have along time left lol

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! Anyone learning to write memoirs will find lots of helpful tips here. I'd love it if you'd stop by my lens and say hello when you get the chance.


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