Do you wonder how to finish your memoir?
I’ve noticed that many people who come to The Memoir Network have already been writing a while. They are not people who are just starting out on the memoir journey. Many have already written 5, 10, 15 or more stories or vignettes. They have been writing for a number of months—sometimes even years—and are concluding that they are spinning their wheels, that they are not producing a book as they so want to do. They realize they are not on the path to bringing their memoirs to a finish. What they are doing is writing stand-along piece after stand-alone piece. Well, a stand-alone piece is not a bad goal really—wouldn’t you love to have stand-alone stories from your grandparents? It’s just that stand-alones are really just not what they want to leave as a legacy. So, how do you finish your memoir?
They want to leave a memoir, an honest-to-goodness memoir that reads like a book.
There are many reasons why we do not finish our memoirs, do not convert stand-alones into a coherent book. Sometimes people don’t finish simply because they don’t put in enough work. We are, in other words, couch potatoes who would like our memoirs to finish themselves. There’s no getting around the fact that writing a memoir is hard work and demands time and attention. But…
There is another group of people to whom life has been happening and this has impeded progress. “Happening” can be the result of many causes: a new job with a steep learning curve, the birth of a child or a grandchild, a move from one apartment to another or house to another. These people find themselves, a number of months later, not having written for a long time.
Often, if this is our story, we want to resume work on the memoir but, alas and alack, what burdens us is that the train of thought, the feeling, the sensibility that went into the creation of the text that has already been generated has now been lost. We are no longer in that realm where writing a memoir is something that we can do easily.
What to do when you want to finish your memoir but are stuck?
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Good luck as you finish your memoir.
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