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.
  • A memoir is more personal than an autobiography and requires less fact-checking.
  • Strive more for emotional truth, as you perceive it to be. No two witnesses of an event have exact recall.
  • This is your story however you are writing it for others to read. Otherwise you would not be writing. Be as honest, fair and interesting as you can.
  • As a memoir writer you are the author and the subject. You must be the narrator and tell the story.
  • Writing is a solitary occupation try to interact with other writers. They are the most understanding of the loneliness you may be feeling. They are also fonts of information and are usually generous with their advice.
  • Join a book club.
  • Join an on line writers group.
  • Take a college course in creative writing. Seniors can usually take courses for free at local collages either for credit or as observers.
  • Read other peoples memoirs and take notes. Ask yourself questions. What captured your interest? Did you enjoy the writers “voice”? Did the author create a “movie” in your mind? Could you “see” the places and understand the people he introduced you to. Was the main character (the author) sympathetic did you like him or her?
  • Grammar and spelling can be checked by clicking on the “Tools” box on the tool bar from the “Windows” application on your computer. If you are not comfortable with computers a dictionary and thesaurus will make good companions for your writing journey.
  • The main thing is the writing, Just write and enjoy your memories, corrections can be made at a later time. Let your imagination rule the roost; don’t be intimidated by what others may say. This is one time when “living in the past” is not only allowed but necessary so go ahead enjoy your life all over again. Share the wisdom and knowledge you have earned and gathered with your readers. Your friends and family will love to have a first person story of your life. Remember it is part of their lives also. You are the link to the lives that made the present and future generations what and who they are. http://www.audreynicholson.com