An Introduction To Writing A Memoir

By Paige Allison

Whether in the form of photographs, scrapbooking, or miscellaneous keepsakes collected in a box to serve as reminders, many people tend to record and save their memories to look back on later. Some indicate happy memories, and others are reminders of sad but meaningful experiences. One popular way of recording and remembering the past is writing a memoir.

When telling a story, it is often difficult to remember the exact words that somebody used in a given situation. Some writers shy away from penning non-fiction to avoid misrepresenting conversations, but it is okay to get a few words wrong and record it how you remember it if you keep the correct intent and record the actions accurately. If events are misrepresented, the writer can encounter legal trouble.

Many writers use fake names for real-life characters in their books in order to protect their privacy. There are laws indicating where this is necessary. For some successful stories, the books are re-published later with the people's real names, but permission must be granted for this.

While many writers find the experience of recording their memories cathartic and therapeutic, it can bring up difficult thoughts and feelings. This type of text often deals with hard or emotional topics. Authors should be certain they are emotionally prepared to address the topics before opening themselves up to a wider audience.

Sometimes it is difficult to find time to write as a part of a busy day. For this reason, it is a good idea to plan out a time every day to write. Other writers find that they work best in large blocks. Setting aside a day on the weekend to write all day is a good way to ensure things stay on track.

Writing a memoir can be a difficult process, but the end results are very often rewarding.

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