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Guide to Writing a Memoir

Starting to write a memoir is something that is not easy to do. IN a memoir, you share some memories in your life which can include the good thing as well as the bad things that you have experienced in your life. But how do your write a memoir?

If you consider the tips below, you will learn how to write a good memoir.

There is a difference between a memoir and an autobiography; memoirs only include a small portion of your life while an autobiography is the story of your whole life. Your autobiography can contain your memoir or you can also say that your memoir is only a part of your autobiography. Just keep focused on your chosen event in our life. Do not wander off in any other direction.

Start writing your memoir today and do not delay because it will be harder to start at another time. Make sure that you write something each day. Each day that you will write it help to write on the same schedule, place and the number of minutes or hours you will write. Starting with the word ‘I remember ‘ can help breaks the ice.

Include important people and events and do not include those that are not important to the story. Even if you are so fond of someone, if that person does not need to be in the story, then you don’t have to include him. Some important people to your do not have to be included if the event you are writing about do not include them. If someone or something helps continue your story line, then it should be included.

Moving memoirs are what people look for. Like fiction novels, readers look to be involved and to have their attention kept. Don’t just enumerate events in their chronological order. Use dialogue, suspense, describe setting in order to bring the story or the scene to life.

If there is a memoir writing group in your area or an online memoir writing group, it would be beneficial to join. You can use search engines for suggestions. If your local college offers writing courses, the you can enroll there or enroll in an online writing school. One of the best ways to improve your skills is to let a writer help you.

Writing memoirs is done in first person because you are the one telling your story. Nobody else can tell your story.

As soon as you are settled as to whom and what events to write about, you should begin writing your memoir. The reader can then picture what is happening in their mind depending on the details that you give.

Before you start editing, you story must be finished. When you get on a roll, do not stop to edit. You can lose your train of thought and direction if you stop to edit your work. You can do the editing after you have written everything.

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