How To Create A Memoir That People Will Actually Read!

Being a writerWriting a memoir can take a lot of work, and it can be frustrating when no one wants to read it! Writing a memoir is a highly personal experience. You don't need to be an established or published writer to begin your memoir, but if you are writing to publish, it's easy to lose sight of the reason your writing and to forget that you are writing for a specific audience and not just yourself.

Below are some tips on creating a memoir in order to make it enjoyable for not only yourself but your audience too!

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1. Is It Therapy or A Therapeutic Experience?

You may feel like the act of writing a memoir as a way to piece together an extraordinary experience. This process serves as an outlet to gather your thoughts lucidly and coherently. This can be a great help by reexamining an even in an objective manner. You can begin to understand and come to terms with a life-altering experience. For you, then, the writing is a therapeutic experience. But…

Do not confuse this with therapy. If you intend to publish to an audience besides yourself and close family and friends, then it is important to keep in mind that you are writing for this audience. And this audience may not wish to read long-winded journal type pieces which are in danger os sounding self-indulgent. You must be super-aware that you are not just writing for yourself, but you are writing for an audience who has invested in your publication.

You must remember, and write for, people who read memoirs. They wish to read something vivid and evocative. They want a test that is profound enough to enlighten them on experiences that they have not undergone. They seek a moral or a message as they glimpse into a snapshot of someone's life.

2. Don't Forget Your Are Writing A Memoir!

A common mistake a lot of first-time writers make is thinking they have to make their memoir an autobiography. What your memoir should be is a snippet of your life, a specific turning point, or a specific memory that deeply affected you. After all, this is a single event that you deemed engaging enough to share with the world.

With this in mind, it's time for you to decide and make clear, the overarching theme of your memoir before you start writing. Pick the specific event that you want to focus on. Was it a potentially life-threatening illness? Or maybe it was the life experience of training for and running your first marathon. Pick a story when the odds were against you, and you proved to be resilient to the obstacles!

3. Write About The Purpose!

When writing your story, don't get bogged down in the minor details or details that have nothing to do with your event. If you're writing about overcoming an illness, avoid the argument you had with a co-worker about how do best do a task; that has nothing to do with your illness! It might be meaningful to you, but how does it relate to your illness?

4. Avoid A Strict Timeline.

Sure, your life goes from one moment to the next, and that sequence can be important in a novel, short story, and even in an autobiography. Your memoir should be created in bundles of experiences, life choices, and events. These threads of your life will bind together to create the experience of your memoir! It is this single nugget of your life you are writing about.

What's important to bear in mind are the actual turning points and the implications of those turning points are two separate entities. It is understanding the turning points or the events which have inspired the memoir, which are significant to the story and require deep digging to convey their emotional significance.

So you do you avoid chronology in your memoir writing? The simple answer is to ignore it! When you begin writing your memoir, think about the vents that are most distinct in your memory in relation to your overarching theme. Make these events your focus and don't be too concerned with the time frame in which they happened.

5. Don't Lie!

Yes, being totally honest throughout your memoir isn't strictly true. You will lie by omission. This just means you will omit details which, while true, are not adding to your story. However, when we look back on past memories, it's easy to put on those proverbial rose-tinted glasses. Even easier, it making ourselves look better and our antagonists looking worse.

By the risk of doing this is sounding extremely biased and self-pitying. Don't forget that your memoir audience is readers who have their own imperfections too. They will bring them when they read your memoir. If you present your weaknesses and shortcomings together with your strengths and triumphs, then, as the narrator, your voice becomes more human and all the more relatable and engaging!

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We all have had times in our lives where we learned an important lesson. It could be a life-threatening illness, the discovery of a cheating spouse, or just moving to a new house. These are lessons you can share with others and help them!

Do you have an idea, but have no idea where to start? Let me know in the comments I'd love to help you get on the road to writing an engaging memoir that people will want to read!

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