A Chance to Reflect - Writing Personal Memoirs and Family Histories
There are many reasons why people decide to write books. About as many sorts of reasons as there are sorts of books. In this last year, I have helped many different people work out different book projects - an academic book on an education topic, a contemporary romance novel, an autobiography for a businessman leading in his field.
Perhaps the most interesting project I've had, though, has been a personal memoir designed to fill in the gaps of an expansive family history. It's interesting not only because of the family in question and their lives, but because the whole experience got me thinking about my own background and family. In recent conversations with my relatives in England, I discovered some things about my relatives that I didn't know. I learned some very interesting details about the house I grew up in - that it was very likely the site of a 12th century church that disappeared some time towards the end of the 15th century.
On the agenda for 2014, I may very well have to put one or two bids to explore my own family history in more detail. Perhaps even write about some portion of it. Not necessarily for publication but certainly for my own children, who are starting to be curious about where they come from and who they belong to.
I decided to add this post to my website because I've had a couple of people ask me about writing personal memoirs - how you go about it, what you need to consider before you get started. This is what I tell them.
First, as with any book project, you have to have some idea of what you want to do with the finish product - what you want that finished product to look like, how you anticipate it being used. With this as your starting point, the second thing is basically a project outline.
For personal memoirs and especially those that require some quite in depth research, it helps to have at least a general idea of what you need to do, what sort of groundwork is involved in layout out the particulars for your story, filling any gaps.
With these two steps taken care of or at least in the works, you can then move on to the third phase in the process, the writing phase, which should take up probably the largest chunk of project time. That is followed by editing and proofreading to prepare for publication in whatever form you've decided on - perhaps a print on demand format, an ebook, a simple paper print out, or maybe even a traditional manuscript to be packed off to publishers.
Whatever the particulars of your plan, if writing a memoir or family history is on your agenda for the coming year, start with your best foot forward and begin by working out the details.
It's amazing how much easier it is to achieve a goal, especially a writing goal, when you have laid out all the details.
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