12 Tips for Writing Your Memoir

12 Tips for Writing Your Memoir

12 Tips for Writing Your Memoir

Are you among the legions of individuals who suspect that they might have the makings of a good memoir, waiting to make its way onto the page?

If you've lived long enough, or have had unique encounters in life, your suspicions are probably correct; you likely have material sufficient to produce a memoir that others will want to read.

Embarking on the task of encapsulating a lifetime of experiences within a few pages can be daunting. Therefore, it is advisable to take it slowly and approach it with patience.

* Create an outline or rough draft before putting your memoir together.
* Turn off your inner critic.
* Appreciate your thoughts, and write down everything.
* Allow words to simply flow; editing them should come much later.

* Fill in the time between the 'special' moments mentioned and what you learned.
* Maintain focus by jotting down any interim thoughts on a separate piece of paper or in a separate file.
* Create an adjunct outline of everything you want to include.
* Embrace what you remember and don't chastise yourself for what you can't remember.

* Record your stories if you don't want to just write all the time.
* Remember, a good memoir consists of both painful and exhilarating experiences.
* Portray the emotional truth to resonate with your audience.
* Allot time to rewrite and ensure the accuracy of your work.

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