How To Start A Memoir

The hardest part of any task -- big or small -- is getting started. And getting started on a memoir is a big task!

Here are 5 tips to make the beginning of your journey a little easier:

  • Reflect on what you want to accomplish. Do you want to take a deep dive into just one part of your life? Or focus on two or three highly influential life events? Or perhaps memorialize the importance of certain people in your life? Having a concentrated purpose makes the task of getting started far less daunting.

  • Tell people -- or not -- what you are doing. Sort of wishy-washy advice, right? But it’s an individual decision whether or not tell anyone what you’re planning. If there is a person or two in your life who will be gently encouraging, tell them. If you anticipate bubble-bursting, or too much pressure, keep your plans to yourself.

  • Create a mindset about the effort. Starting a memoir should not be a chore, not something you “have” to do. Don’t mark it down on your calendar as a to-do; instead, think of the time you spend as a reward to yourself. This approach makes the anticipation of your efforts, and the efforts themselves, more enjoyable and less stressful.

  • Document some facts. Jot down the key dates, places, and people involved in what you plan to memorialize. This will jog your memory and serve as a framework for your later efforts. Don’t attempt to actually write fully-formed text at this stage; to do so can actually stall your creative process.

  • Be open to re-evaluation. Early in the process, you may realize you want your memoir to take a different path than you originally envisioned. That’s a good thing! It shows that you are honing in the true “essence” of what you want you want to capture.

If you’d like a partner in your journey, we’re here to help. Please call us or reach out via our Contact page to schedule your free consultation.

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