Everyone has a collection of memories and experiences that are worthy of being told… Including you! This is a piece of your life story, after all. Read on to discover the secrets you need to know to make your memoir unforgettable and life-changing. What is a memoir? What are the key elements of a memoir? Writing your memoir is different to journaling moments or events in your life.
Memoirs can be a lot of fun to write. You get to dive into some nostalgia, offer life lessons to others, and tell a great story. Life really is about how each of our stories connects with one another. A short memoir puts the stories we already tell to others in writing so others can enjoy them.
Memoir is not just a fancy literary term for an autobiography. I say that from the start, because I so often hear the terms incorrectly interchanged. A memoir is theme-oriented with anecdotes from your life that buttress a specific theme. Too many authors write a memoir because they believe their lives are so interesting that even strangers would enjoy a detailed account.
Every good book—including every good memoir—starts with a good outline. Your outline will be your roadmap throughout the writing process. At a minimum, if you write down your life experiences, your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids will know who you were and where they came from.