What are some tips on writing memoirs?


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Tips on writing a memoir is focusing on one life event, sticking to a writing schedule and capturing the writers interest by creating a great beginning. A memoir can help leave something permanent for descendants of the writer and make sense of certain life experiences. An autobiography and memoir are two different things, as the autobiography covers the entire life, while a memoir covers one important life event. Keeping this in mind helps keep the writer in focus.

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It is sometimes difficult to pinpoint a specific event that is worthy of a memoir. It is helpful to some writers if that map out six important events in their lifetime and choose the event that stands out as being the most compelling or pivotal. The writer should focus on getting all of the details down on paper and from there tweak and proofread.

The writer can open the memoir with an interesting event that grabs the reader's attention and work backwards. Setting a certain time aside each day for writing helps the writer focus on the project and the word goal. Using a writer's senses, he can help bring the words to life. A good tip to bring senses into a writing is to notice the feelings, smells, sights and sounds of certain situations.

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