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.