First Steps in Writing a Memoir

If Laura Ingalls Wilder can write her first novel at 65, there’s no reason you can’t too! Seniors have experiences to share and wisdom to spread. We learned HERE that writing makes us healthier, possibly encouraging you to set aside some time to leave a legacy behind.

Unlike an autobiography, which lays out your life chronologically, memoirs develop around a theme. Often a theme is the first thought that comes to mind when asked, what is a significant time in your life that changed you? Memoirs are about a defining moment, which gives readers greater detail and intimacy.

This defining moment may be an excellent way to open your memoir because readers will relate to it and find themselves engaged from the onset. You want the reader to be the protagonist and feel like your journey is their journey.

It’s essential to keep your story simple and show what you are trying to say rather than telling the reading what to think. Writing about a touch of a hand after an argument speaks volumes, as opposed to saying, “we made up!”

Read HERE for essential tidbits to writing a memoir. Once you start, incredible memories may flow your way. More to come.