When writing a memoir or family history, you will inevitably come across bits of information that you want to include, but which you cannot verify…
November 30 activity: You need a timeline for writing your memoir.
The use of a timeline for writing your memoir will both speed up the writing process and assure that you complete your book.
It is possible, of course, to choose to write a memoir so that it takes you forever to complete it. You can write when you feel like it for as long as you feel like it and get it done whenever you get it done. Too often, that’s never.
Your book is very likely to remain in a computer file unless you set a timeline for writing your memoir. When I tell people what line of work I am in, too many people answer back something like, “Well, I started a memoir but I’ve never finished it.” This is sometimes followed with a nervous, embarrassed laugh.
Get a good start on your memoir during of November Is Memoir Writing Month with my November 2 Activity.
November 2: Set a significant amount of time aside to do the writing. Schedule your writing.
You HAVE to show up for the work. Wishing you were writing or feeling bad that you’re not won’t get your memoir written. The more time you set aside the more you will write and the more likely you will be to meet your goal of writing a first draft of your memoir quickly—even in a so short a time as the one month November Is Memoir Writing Month.
More of this NIMWM Activity is available with the free My Memoir Education membership, please join now.
I urge all readers to commit to telling the truth—100% of it—in their memoir. It’s the only way you will get to the truth—and as they say, the telling the truth will set you free.
Many writers suffer from writer’s block, yet few understand—and much less resolve—its possible causes. There are a number of reasons that contribute to difficulty—especially blockage—in writing. In memoir writing, the infamous “writer’s block” can result from avoidance—that is, you don’t want to deal with uncomfortable material and so you “block.”
Liberties with facts ultimately, I believe, undermine the authority of a memoirist to present his/her life experience as a lived (vs. fictionalized) version of the mythic journey. The lived hero’s tale must figure at the center of every memoir if the story is to rise above a chronology, a dirge or an encomium.
When you write as an open-ended task without setting a memoir writing deadline, you are likely to procrastinate and extend the project. What happens when you do not set an end date is, next year or the year after that, you are still writing, revising, and polishing your lifestory. You know how it is: you […]
The Memoir Cafe is a forum in which members of My Memoir Education, the free basic membership in The Memoir Network, post questions and receive replies. One discussion that I want to bring to your attention is about “telling the truth that hurts” in a memoir. While this may seem to have an easy resolution—”What’s […]
A common lament, I hear from writers goes like this, “I wanted a book, and I got off to a good start writing a memoir. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but then I just stopped. I don’t know why.” What I have sometimes found is that people approach memoir-writing as an easy access […]
Writers ask me what they can do the most easily to write better memoir. The following are my recommendations to boost the quality of your memoir. 1. First, make a Memory List. A Memory List is a list of every important event, influence, and relationship in your life or in any particular era. It can […]