If you’ve ever felt an urge within yourself to tell someone about your life, writing a memoir is something you should seriously consider. Many people use memoirs when they want a tangible recollection of their past or a physical piece of themselves they can leave behind.
There are times in our lives that impact us in such a way that we are compelled to create something to leave behind – something real. Memoirs are written memories that serve as proof that what we experienced truly did happen. And those personal experiences are things only you can write about. Written memoirs are the means which enable us to share parts of our life with the rest of the world.
What Exactly Are Memoirs?
Memoirs are written notes or essays which account for parts of a person’s real life. Memoirs are similar to autobiographies in that the person who writes a memoir recalls their own life experiences. The difference is that autobiographies encompass the entire life of a person from beginning to end. On the other hand, memoirs tell a story of a specific part of someone’s life in their eyes.
Memoirs are a physical extension of yourself that can stand the test of time long after you are gone. When you write your own memoir, you tell your story from your own perspective. You can share with others the way you experienced life in the time and setting you lived in.
Why You Should Write Your Own Memoir
People write memoirs for many different reasons. These reasons may have been on a whim, a sudden awakening of the inner urge to write about one’s life. Other reasons have much thought put into it such as the need to leave something behind or to help guide someone else down their road in life.
If you are curious about the specific reasons why other people write memoirs or are still searching within yourself to write one, here are some great reasons why you should start writing a memoir.
- Express Yourself
Writing is a form of self-expression and a memoir is a medium for you to express your past from the first-person point of view. Many people use memoirs as a way to release their emotions and express themselves on paper. Not everyone can say what they want to say out loud, and writing may be the only way for them to share their thoughts about life.
Memoirs are written memories and can be kept completely personal. If you want, you can use memoirs solely to express yourself or search for purpose through writing. You can write your own memoir as a way to think back to past events, vent your frustration, or find greater meaning from your personal life experiences.
- Leave Your Legacy
For many others, memoirs are kept to leave behind a legacy for future generations. A personal account of the time you have lived in. Memoirs give genuine insight into the past, where you lived, how you lived, and what you thought about the life you had. Memoirs enable you to paint a picture of the society and culture you experienced.
Leaving your legacy means writing a memoir for others to learn from, giving them a real sense of the past. We hope someday, our legacy will be able to help and inspire someone else to share their life with others as well.
- Tell Your Story (Your life from your perspective)
Your memoir tells the story of your life through your eyes. Not the entire story, but the most important or significant parts to you that you want to share.
You could say in contrast to leaving your legacy, others just want to let people know their view of the world based on everything they have been through. The challenges, struggles, and failures they have endured. As well as the knowledge learned, earnest efforts given, and triumphant victories that they have gained through their life. You can share some of the life you’ve lived through memoirs.
And sometimes all it takes is one memorable event in life to push you to write your own memoir to tell others the story you want to share.
- Create a Connection
Sometimes the goal of a memoir is to create a deep connection with someone else. Memoirs can create a connection with the reader that can transcend the written page and impact an individual’s life. An emotional, empathetic connection is something inherently seen in stories told in books and media that are based on true events. And what can tell a more fascinating real life story better than a memoir?
Writers use their works to create a story that connects to their audience, but you don’t need to be a professional to write your own memoir and connect to the hearts of your readers around you and even readers far into the future.
- Personal Happiness
Writing a memoir does not need to have a great reason attached to it. Sometimes people just like writing for the fun of it. There are many ways you can find happiness through written memoirs. Writing is an enjoyable activity in and of itself, but memoirs allow you something that other written forms are limited by, and that is your life’s happiest moments.
As we’ve mentioned before, memoirs are made by recalling one’s past experiences. This, of course, includes the best times in your life. You can have your memoirs be all about the happy experiences you’ve had with friends and family, or simple, pleasant encounters with strangers you’ve met that can put a smile on your face. A memoir like this would no doubt put a smile on your reader’s face as well.
Whatever reason you may have to write your own memoir, always remember that memoirs are written memories and are part of yourself that you are leaving behind for others to read and experience. You will continue to live on in the memoir that carries your written memories through the passage of time.
Tips for Writing a Memoir
This isn’t a formal letter or a school essay, if anything, memoirs are closer to your personal diary. There are no exact rules to writing a memoir as it allows the writer to be free to express themselves in any creative way. That being said, here are some memoir writing tips to keep in mind as you put “pen to paper” your written memories, create a smoother flow and give readers a more enjoyable experience.
Tip # 1: Know Your Theme
It is important to keep in mind the theme of your memoir. What is the message you want to convey, the specific life experiences you want to write about, and the goal you want your memoir to achieve at the end of the day? This will help create structure and make your written memoirs less messy.
Tip # 2: Think About Your Readers
Your memoir comprises the written memories closest to you, but that doesn’t mean you should think all about yourself when writing. Keep in mind that others will read your memoir, so create it in a way that enables you to share your story and allow the readers to enjoy it through your eyes.
Tip # 3: Have Fun With It
Regardless of everything that we’ve said, the most important thing when writing your memoir is that you enjoy doing it. There’s no point in writing about yourself or telling your story if you, yourself, don’t enjoy the writing process. Think about all the fun you’ve had throughout your life and create a written memoir that will make others see a beautiful world.
If you’ve read this far, you already know the power of memoirs to leave a piece of yourself behind that will live on for years to come. Whenever you experience something significant in your life, try writing a memoir to preserve your precious memories and let the next generation learn from your life journey.