Eight tips to consider before you start to write your memoir …
Tip 1: You don’t have to start at the beginning of your life. Find a strong or emotional memory that sticks out in your memory bank. You want to quickly hook a reader on the story and what it will be like to turn the pages of your life. A good beginning is the foundation that will keep the reader turning the pages. Don’t insist on telling your story within a strict chronology. You can lose the bigger picture of your story before it ever begins.
Tip 2: Readers are not always patient. Establish your own voice. Memoirs are based on real life journeys. Make a reader want to join you on this journey!
Tip 3: Remember that memoirs are personal and intimate. Write with a conversational attitude.
Tip 4: Don’t be afraid to include your own emotions within the memories you are describing.
Tip 5: Put energy into your words, descriptions and characters introduced. Description is no different from that of novel writing. A reader has to be able to have a visual to connect with the people in your life. Write the description tightly; a few words will do.
Tip 6: You must be a good storyteller. No matter what the genre, energy must come alive on the pages!
Tip 7: If it’s not all true … consider writing it as a fiction based on a true story!
Tip 8: Remember the story you tell, and the people in your story, have a right to their reputation as presented in your story. Get a release from anyone within your story who may consider what you said about them to be unflattering or even worse, not true. Lawsuits are not fun and the burden of proof usually falls on the shoulders of the author.
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