What is a memoir? It is not an autobiography.
It really is just a snapshot of some important event(s) that have shaped your life, rather than your entire life. The one subject we know best is ourselves. It seems that all of our lives we have written for or about somebody else. Writing a memoir can be a liberating journey because it describes how one's life has become shaped by the events and people in their lives. This may bring greater understanding to ourselves that is...if we dare.
"It's been said by many, "write what you know"
Writing a memoir is a good beginning for those who want to write stories. Writing about ourselves helps us clarify what makes us unique, and gives us a personal history says William Zinsser, On Writng Well. Check this book out, it's a very useful resource. It is old, but he has several revised editions. This book was recommended to me in one of my writing workshops. I keep a copy on my book shelf right beside my copy of Strunk and White, The elements of style.
I found it helpful in learning how to create characters for you stories. If you have a memoir that you would like to share, that would be great. If you would like to know more about the information I post, please let me know.
We can plan our writing success by setting attainable goals over a period of time. A business plan works well. It can take many years to become a successful writer.
"It is important to have small stepping stones along the way," says Kelly Stone. She is the author of Thinking Write.
Goals need to be small stepping stones. If the goals are unrealistic at the beginning then we are setting ourselves up for a lot of frustration, and maybe even failure. Kelly says that those who have goal plans and write them out, are more likely to be successful. Writing will be more rewarding when we set small goals.
For example, a one year goal could be entering a contest. Three years... and five years etc. We need to anticipate obstacles. Each day we can ask ourselves if we have done something today that contributes to our goals. It could be something as simple as writing 100 words a day. Flash fiction is just that. It's telling a story in 100 words or less. One of my goals is to publish a blog post a week, that's a lot, but once you get into a routine it becomes easier.
Goals are best achieved in short steps rather than large ones. Once we achieve shorter goals, it gives us more motivation to keep going.