Since the first humans began communicating with each other, the need to share our lives through story telling has been strong in every one of us. We started sharing highlights of our day through verbal storytelling around a fire, and as we evolved our words we put them into print, first through symbols, then through the written word. Communicating with each other has developed into a complex way of sharing a lot more than our daily stories, but the pull to share our lives and leave our legacy to those who come after us is still so strong in our hearts that most people will try to preserve and pass down their accounts one way or another. Whether we choose scrapbooks, journals, videos or audio recordings, putting together a lifetime happens because we want someone else to listen, or see it and learn from our own experiences. This is not an easy task. Not only is sometimes difficult to relive certain moments in our lives, to put it together for an audience can be overwhelming as we not only have to determine what to share, we also must figure out how to share it so that others will be interested enough to listen. Below are some tips on how to win the interest of our audience to make sure our message is heard.
· First we must think of the big message we want to make sure gets through. Whether we realize it or not, there is always a big life lesson learned in the stories we accumulate from our lives. A memoir without a message relevant to the reader has no purpose or reading value for them.
· Once we know what we wish to communicate, it is time to think of all the main experiences we lived which took us to that big aha! moment. This will give us a guide that will help us create a storyline that flows and moves forward.
· Organize all of the chosen events chronologically. This doesn’t mean that you have to deliver the story in that way. This will only help you to visualize the storyline.
· Take a recreational creative writing class at your local continuing education center. It will not only teach a couple of tools to make your memoirs entertaining and fun to read, it will also connect you with other people interested in writing, which can become part of a critique group when you finish your first draft.
· Finally, relax and try to picture your life as a movie. Imagine the dialogue between characters. Pretend it is all fiction in your head. Start by visualizing each event separately and write it down. It doesn’t matter if you do it in a notebook by hand or you use a computer. Just get it out of your head and into writing form. As you write, remember to note the surroundings, smells, feelings. Including sensory information is what will take the reader into the setting and the story.
Writing a memoir can be a lot of work, but it also can be fun. It shouldn’t be rushed, it should be enjoyed! For more information about how Reader Views can help visit www.readerviews.com.