Audrey Nicholson's Blog
Ideas and Techniques.
- Create a Rough draft.
- Starting at the beginning is a good idea. However since you are the author and this is your life journey that is a project in progress there is no end. You can choose to close whenever and wherever you decide is best.
- Write as detailed a description of memorable events as you can.
- Collect and organize events along one or more timelines.
- Timelines can be flexible allowing you to start anywhere and deftly move around in time and place.
So you want to write your memoir but don’t know where to start.
One: Be patient with yourself.
Life is a journey some memories are easier to recall than others. Start with those that come easily and get them down on paper. One thought will lead to another and before you know it you will be remembering all kinds of interesting events and perhaps some not so much so.
Two: sometimes memory is like smoke in a bottle difficult to capture and unpredictable. You may remember unimportant events and forget your first-born’s birthday, don’t worry. Facts can be found in records, talking with each generation of your family will prove to be a gold mine of information. Photographs are like cattle prods for the memory enjoy reliving the events captured and frozen in time.
Three: Whatever comes to mind write it down. Record it or make a video. However dumb stupid or unimportant you may think it is just secure it. Ultimately you will find your “voice” and the words will come together.
Four: You can also hire a ghostwriter to interview you and write your memoir for you. You can find ghostwriters on the Internet. By word of mouth or reccomendation. Ghost writers charge by the hour. You should still hire a professional to edit the entire manuscript before publishing for the whole world to see.
Five: Google is your friend. Use the Internet to help with your research. There are experts who can find information about your family that you may not be aware of. Ancestor.com is one of these companies. Or go to Ancestor search for a menu of sites, which will prove to be invaluable. You never know you might be related to the Queen of England or Jack the ripper! In either case it is your choice to acknowledge your forbears or not.
Six: Don’t let the inner critical voice derail your enthusiasm. Thoughts like “I’m not a writer” “I’m just and ordinary person” or who wants’ to hear about me?” need to be turned off. You would not be so unkind as to be insulting and dismissive of a friend so be as caring of your own sensibilities as you would of theirs.