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How to Organize Your Memoir: Four Ways

Do You Wonder How Best to Organize Your Memoir?

Eventually, after you have written awhile, you will likely have amassed a number of vignettes, story segments, and stories. You will want to organize your memoir to make a statement, a bigger picture. How will you do it? Below are four ideas to organize your memoir.

Remember: These suggestions do not refer to the sequence in which the stories are written but rather to how they can be ordered after they have been written.

Here are four ways you can organize your memoir.

1) Chronology – If you choose a chronological order, you organize your memoir in a way that most nearly replicates the sequence in which events happened.

For example, what happened in your childhood is placed first in the narration and what happened in your youth is placed second and in your middle-age, third; what happened in the spring is placed first, in the summer, second, etc. If you organize all your stories in this way, there will be a natural continuum among them based on time connection. This is the way most people choose to link their stories and it is an easy organization for the reader to follow.

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