If you are someone who feels as though they have lived an interesting life, you might decide one day to record it all in a book. There are plenty of normal people who have lived extraordinary lives that many readers have appreciated in novel form. You too could find success through writing out what made your life impacting. Here is how to start a memoir.
A memoir can be a tricky undertaking if you aren’t well versed in how one reads. There are some keys to making a novel of your life’s journey both exhilarating for the reader and profitable for you. The profit will come from creating a book that people recommend to those they know, and one that people can empathize or relate to.
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Some of the keys to creating a great memoir are: be as accurate as you can be, write it all out, and give both sides of the coin.
The thing that writers lose credibility for is not researching what they are writing about. You see, in memoirs it is common to relate the time in life to historical events and the like. If you don’t remember accurately what was happening around the significant events of the book, it never hurts to do a little research. This way, you can ensure that your story is believed undoubtedly.
The next key to starting your memoirs is to just write. Seems simple enough, right? The point of this statement is that a lot of people who are writing out their life’s journeys try to edit as they go along. Truth be told, you will be a lot more candid and coherent if you just write out everything and worry later about editing it all to read well.
Lastly, you have to give both sides of your life. Many times, in writing their memoirs, people focus too much on how great things were or just how awful they were. If you write exclusively on how great things were all the time, you are not going to be relatable to the average reader. If the whole thing centers on how bad your whole life was start to finish, your book will be depressing and uninteresting. The contrast of the two and how they relate together is what intrigues people to read on.
People write their memoirs for different reasons. Some want to show family and future family the true story of their lives. Others want to tell the whole world something they could learn by the life that they have lived. Whatever your reason, this is a good beginning to how to start a memoir.