eHow Memoir Writing Tips, Part 3

We’re halfway through the instructions for writing a memoir. They’ve brought up valuable points, so on to the next two:

5. Ask your children, friends and family members what they’ve always wanted to know about you and your life. Make a list of their questions and answer them in your mini autobiography.

WriteMyMemoirs commentary: This can provide a guide in developing chapter topics and determining which parts of your life should get the most attention. This process also will give you ideas for including information you may otherwise overlook. Ultimately, you’re writing the story you want to write, but it can be helpful to take into consideration the gaps in knowledge people have about your life.

6. Interview people in your life. Doing so might help jog your memory about events or people in your life you’ve forgotten about. What friends and family members remember might be very different from what you remember, as well. Include quotes from individuals in your life to create a colorful autobiography.

WriteMyMemoirs commentary: If you’ve ever exchanged memories with someone of an event you both attended, you know how different the accounts can be. We can’t trust our own recollections completely. Even if you end up trusting your memories over someone else’s, this exercise may bring up facts and dates you can check on the Internet. The second part of this tip—including quotes from others—is a suggestion that you may or may not want to follow. It can round out a memoir, but that’s up to the individual memoir writer to decide.