Memoir writing is becoming more and more popular. In the past, ordinary people rarely thought of writing their memoirs aside from keeping a diary or journal. But we are now more aware of the fact that everyone’s life, no matter how simple or commonplace it may appear on the surface, is extraordinary in its own way. When we think back on our lives there are certain things – events, relationships, occupations -- that stand out from bland everyday activity. You can write an entire short story around one single event in your life. The challenge is to pick out which of these stories would be as interesting to others as they are to you.
When writing about a specific experience it’s important to choose something that you remember in vivid detail; rites of passage like a graduation, wedding, first job, that are easy to recall and often make for interesting, compelling, even humorous tales.
Here are a few ideas to get you started: