Confused How to Start Your Memoir?
You may have many reasons for NOT starting your memoir.
Perhaps you’re waiting for the right moment. You don’t think you have enough experiences to include. But you do, if you start small with one memory at a time. One memory leads to the next, and then the next. Before you know it, you’re on a roll with lots of memories flowing.
Or you’re a perfectionist. You want to do things right, so you’re putting it off. Again, start small, one memory at a time. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar at this point. Just be creative with your thoughts. You can polish it later.
Or you’re afraid you might fail. How can you fail, when you have significant life experiences that your friends and family will want to read. You have a story to tell!
Or you don’t know where to start.
First off, a memoir is not an autobiography or blow-by-blow account of your life. It’s a snapshot of your life centered around a theme or message. And there’s no right way to start. In fact, there are many ways to start. Here are 10:
- What do you want your memoir to say about you? Start with the message or theme.
- What is your favorite photo? What does it show about you? Perhaps it’s the one you’ll want for your memoir cover.
- What is your favorite memory? Think about why it ‘s a favorite memory. What does it reveal about you?
- Who was/is an important person in your life? S/he represents a significant time or event you’ll want to describe.
- What was an important time in your life? Relate how it was important and how it changed your life.
- What was the happiest time in your life. Write why it was the happiest.
- What is your favorite song or movie? Tell why it is your favorite and what does it reveal about you?
- What is a favorite tradition? Write why it is your favorite and what it reveals about you.
- What surprising thing happened to you? Tell how it changed your life?
- What is a secret you’ve never told anyone before? Write about it now.
Which starter did you choose? Need other ideas? Click for more memory prompts.
Once you have your memory, you can move ahead adding photos, people, anecdotes, and all manner of description to make your memory come alive. You will be leaving a treasured legacy for your family and friends. So don’t procrastinate. Get started today!