Holidays are a Good Time to Write a Memoir

We’re in the middle of the holiday season and creating lots of memories. Seems like a good time to start working on your memoir while everything is still fresh. Oh, I know you don’t think you have time with all that’s going on, but consider taking five or ten minutes before you turn out the light at the end of the day to jot down some memory triggers you can use after the chaos is gone.

You know the old who, what, when, where, why, and how questions, so consider starting there.

  • Who warrants a place in your memoir?
  • What did he/she do to get that honor of inclusion?
  • When is the time frame your memoir will cover (holidays only or longer lifetime)?
  • Where will your memoir take you emotionally, mentally, maybe even physically?
  • Why write a memoir in the first place (to help you find more meaning in your own life, maybe)?
  • How will you decide what to include and what to leave out and how to organize your writing?

It may be helpful to see that what you write fits into three categories: history, biography, and memoir. That way you give yourself permission to include facts and relationships as well as impressions.

As you write, remember this is your memoir and you’re incorporating your thoughts with your experiences. It’s better to write something that keeps pushing you toward your goal of finishing your memoir than to worry about whether you have writing talent or not. Only you can write your memoir, so why not start while you have all the excitement of the holidays around you? Happy writing!


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