A memoir is a reflection on a memory. The writer tries to capture the “true essence” of the memory by bringing meaning to the memory. A memoir does not only recount an episode or a memory, but also the memoir reveals the person.
For example, a personal narrative may recount a first bike ride, or a trip to the beach. But in a memoir, the purpose of the story is to reveal something enduring about oneself. As the writer, you are searching for the truth and significance of the story.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Write down “stand-out moments.” What moments in your life do you remember as being important, or happy, or sad? Think about some of these “defining moments” in life…some may include:
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How to get beyond 'what happened':
The following can help you move from the event itself to revealing something interesting about yourself. Write about:
1.Before the Event
Thoughts & feelings leading up to the event
What happened? What impressed you? What was it that changed you in some way?
3. After the Event
New thoughts & feelings about yourself
4. Change & Realization
How were your thoughts & feelings changed by this experience?