If you’re here at WriteMyMemoirs because you made a New Year’s Resolution to either start or work harder on your memoir, listen up! Statistics show that 4 out of 5 of us will probably abandon our New Year’s Resolutions within just a couple of weeks. Some suggestions to put yourself in the 20 percent who stick with this one:
- Be specific about your goal. Set up a regular schedule of when you will write.
- Don’t over-promise, even to yourself. We all burn out easily. Make a realistic schedule that does not let this project monopolize your time. Maybe you’ll get up one hour early three times a week, you’ll write the first hour after dinner on a couple of evenings or you’ll write from 9am-1pm every Sunday.
- Develop a full plan. Maybe you’ll decide to have a book with six chapters and complete one chapter per month so that your book will be finished by July 1. Then write out the title of each chapter.
- Start easy. If there’s one chapter, or even just one anecdote, that you can write out effortlessly, get that on “paper” so you’ll have something solid. Then you can tackle the more challenging sections that require research or take an emotional toll on you.
- Tell people. No matter what the goal, you tend to stay more accountable when you know that friends and family members will be asking about your progress. Maybe you can find a “memoir buddy” who also wants to write a memoir; then you can motivate each other to stay on task.
Much of the technology we’ve developed for WriteMyMemoirs should help you. You can name all of your chapters, which creates a type of outline. Some of the details will pop up in the time lines that result from our Interview questions, so make sure you fill out your Interview. We may even be able to help you find a memoir buddy. Leave a comment here that you’d be interested in that, and we’ll put you memoir writers in touch with each other.