Memoirs: sharing your life story
Writing your memoirs can become a rewarding experience if you do it right. There are many ways to write a great memoir, even if you think you don’t have the experience to do it. Let us look at the many points there are when writing for the first time.
Pace yourself when writing your memoirs
One mistake many people make is that they try to do too much in too short of a time period. Pace yourself; you might want to promise yourself that you will work a certain number of hours per week. Try to set aside a block of time per day, or on a couple of days per week, to start your rough draft.
Focus on one topic at a time. If you choose one event in your life and then take days or weeks to write about it, you will be able to go into more detail than if you jump around among various events. This way, you won’t just be skimming the surface of your life, and you will remember more details as well. Start out with small assignments and go slowly, especially at first. You’ll want to get the feel of the memoir book, and soon your memoirs will be flowing.
Do the proper research
There are two steps in doing research when writing your memoirs. If you plan on publishing them, you will want to know what appeals to readers. So start by checking out other people’s memoirs. Find a favorite actor, celebrity or singer and purchase that person’s book. Perhaps someone in your family has written a memoir.
Pay close attention to how that person’s story is written. It can give you valuable ideas as to how to write your own memoirs. A new writer is wise to do this, or even to purchase how-to books or a writer’s guide to learn more.
Find out what your readers want
The second part of doing your research and figuring out what will appeal to your readers is to read over your rough drafts as if you were the audience. Is a certain part boring to you, even though it’s about you? Then chances are it will bore your readers as well.
You may find that you have written about events that were exciting to write down, but they really aren’t so interesting after you review them. If so, take them out. You’ll have plenty of other memoir ideas to include!
What are you writing for?
One of the easiest ways to write the best memoir about yourself is to think about why you want to write this biography memoir. Is this for a personal goal? Do you want to have a memoir for your children, grandchildren and other family members to read? Are you planning on actually publishing it? If it is for more personal reasons, you may find that it’s okay to let yourself become emotional with your book writing.
However, if you are writing it for the general public, you may want to keep your emotions in check for the duration of your book. Readers who do not know you personally may be more interested in just the facts of the story. Think about this factor before you begin writing, and you will be able to make your memoirs as unique as you choose, while appealing to the right audience that you have targeted. If you need more help, Write My Memoirs offers writing services ranging from proofreading to full ghostwriting. Please contact us for details.
It can be a rewarding experience to write about your life and times. You will find it an exciting experience and probably wish you had started on your memoirs a long time ago!
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