One of the first steps in writing a memoir is to understand what you’re writing about and why. It’s easy to start writing and end up with a collection of events and situations. And at first that’s fine because writing a memoir, or anything for that matter, is an act of discovery. So it can make sense to write about events to get a sense of what resonates with you and discover your most significant experiences.
That said, sketching out some notes and asking yourself a few questions might just help you refine your focus and give you the passion and energy to move forward.
Ask yourself these questions to discover your themes and meaning:
1. What am I passionate about?
2. What do I want to take a stand on?
3. Fill in these blanks: I want to write about ______ because ________. Read more