How to write a memoir


Is your life story interesting enough to justify writing your memoirs?

Most people think not.

‘I’m just your average kind person,’ is something that’s often offered with a shrug of the shoulders.

But that defeats the point.

Your story is unique. And it serves as a legacy to those who come after us.

Earlier this year, I wrote a mini-memoir for a local lady called Dianne. She stayed local for most of her life; she appeared in local plays, took part in local beauty pageants, and brought up her family in the village.

Nothing world-changing.

Except it was for 𝗵𝗲𝗿 world. And those who are in her world.

Dianne’s story was the most popular mini-memoir I’ve published this year. The reason for that was because she touched many people’s lives. Her story was nostalgic, and brought back a lot of happy memories for people.

All memoirs aren’t as idyllic as Dianne’s, but capturing your story before it’s too late is a gift for future generations. They can learn so much from us.

If you want to write yours, here’s how you can do it:

𝟭. 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 This captures the reader’s attention from the start.

𝟮. 𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲’𝘀 𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿 Writing in first-person allows your readers to see your life from your point of view.

𝟯. 𝗨𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘁, 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀 You’ll want to keep your reader reading. Your story will need pace and will need to flow.

𝟰. 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀 Take your reader back to places and times in your life that you remember vividly. Bring those memories to life with great descriptions.

𝟱. 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 As you would in every other story, show how far characters have come.

𝟲. 𝗚𝗼 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗶𝗿𝗰𝗹𝗲 Finish your story by revisiting where you started off. It’ll show character development.

You can read Dianne’s mini-memoir here:

And if you don’t want to write your own, I can write yours for you.

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