How to Write a Memoir

Merry Christmas! I am busy preparing for a house full of people next Saturday but wanted to take a moment to talk about writing. I have to admit that I don’t get much writing done during the holidays, but I spend a lot of time thinking about it. My best ideas often come to me while I am doing some mundane task, such as cleaning the fridge or washing pots and pans. If I am stuck on a writing or editing project, I often clean something. It’s funny how the simple repetitive motions of vacuuming or dusting can bring up some great new ideas to move ahead on a project.

Another tip: The next time you need to decide where to go with your story, ask yourself what you were thinking when the event happened. Your stories need to reveal something about yourself. About your values and how you think about the world. And ultimately, how the events of your life have molded you.

So even if you don’t have time to sit in front of the computer and peck away at the keyboard, keep your memoir in your mind. While doing some of your many daily tasks around the house, ask yourself the above question and try to remember. Make a few notes on a scrap of wrapping paper and plan to get back to work on your writing as soon as the holidays are over.

Merry Christmas to all of you!


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