3 Tips to Write a Powerful Memoir
There’s a reason why memoirs are such a hit among readers, both young and old. Reading about someone else’s real-life stories, getting a glimpse of their journey, and relating their short memoirs to your own life makes for a unique experience. It’s relatable content and we all know how powerful that can be.
Do you want to write your own collection of memoirs? Here’s what you should do.
Decide the Type of Memoir You Want to Write
One important thing you need to remember is that a memoir isn’t an autobiography. Yes, it’s written in an autobiographical style, but the purpose isn’t to fill in the readers about every single thing that has happened in your life. It’s to narrate specific events and experiences.
For this, you need to have a theme. If you’re writing about your childhood spent on the outskirts of New York City, then you’ll need to narrow down your anecdotes and pick those that support the theme. If your memoir is about your travel experiences, then you need to focus on specific events that led up to your travels or key moments from those travels.
The last thing you want to do is write about events your audience can't quite connect. Be discerning, choose which themes you want to focus on and limit your memoir to anecdotes that relate to those themes.
Show Your Readers What You Mean
This is as opposed to simply narrating everything that has happened in your life. Remember, you want to show your audience what you mean, or how you felt when a particular incident happened. This means that you need to put your readers in your shoes and paint a picture for them.
Be descriptive. Use language that allows your readers best to visualize each scene you’re describing, in as much detail as possible. You want them to be able to imagine exactly what went down and how you felt. The analysis and introspection should come after they’re shown rather than told what happened so that they can share the experience with you.
Highlight Your Personal Growth
For a successful memoir, there needs to be a character arc. Your readers are invested in your life experiences and they want to see how those events impacted you personally. This means you need to showcase your growth, highlighting how your experiences changed you as a person,, and transformed your life.
This where you need to really tap into your ability to be introspective. Every experience doesn’t have to be life-changing, but there must be a reason why you’re writing about what you are because it had some impact on your life. This is precisely what you need to show your audience.