Autobiography vs. Memoir: Know the difference between an autobiography and a memoir. A memoir is a significant part of your life, not your whole life story. An autobiography spans your entire life. Focus your attention on a significant part of your life when writing your memoir.
Find Your Focus: When you are thinking about your life so far, is there a particular event or period that stands out? Pick an experience or period of time that you want to write about and keep that as your focus. You can pull in other stories that might relate to the topic you picked, but make sure you don’t stray too far from your focus.
Be Honest: Tell the truth and don’t leave out parts because they don’t make you look good. Show your character flaws and talk about some embarrassing situations or bad decisions. The reader needs to feel you are being honest so your story is more relatable.
Writing a memoir can be therapeutic and help you examine your life, so whether you are planning on publishing or just writing it for yourself, we encourage everyone to write their own memoir. It might seem like a daunting task, but it will feel rewarding in the end.