I’ve finished doing a self-edit of my memoir. I did it on a copy I had printed out and forgot page numbers…whoops…yes, those could be important. 🙂 After going back and fixing a few things I found, I have officially printed out my first good copy of my memoir. It is done. Feels good to say that for more than one reason.
My memoir is done because I feel the story is done being told. Though I know I said I wasn’t worried about word count, and I’m not, I think it’s still neat to know it ended up 32, 317 words. It is 94 pages long, but 98 if the extra pages are included. The extras are a dedication page, resource page, and a couple of pages of poetry.
The next step, and I am taking baby steps, is to turn my baby lose cautiously. I need to let a few other people read it to get some feedback. I know I sound like I’m obsessing a bit calling it my baby, but it is. This is the first book I’ve ever written and the story is a part of me.
The best thing about being done and the story being written is this wonderful feeling of release. There is a freedom in having some of my most painful experiences in life out of me and into words. For me it’s actually been easier to find the written words than it would have been trying to speak them.
We all have stories in us and I would highly recommend writing a memoir to anyone. I think it can especially be part of the healing process if there is something difficult you are dealing with in your life. Reading memoirs written by others is a good place to get started learning about writing stories from life. Here are a few other books and a blog I’ve found helpful as I’ve learned more about memoir writing :
- Writing the Memoir : From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington
- Write from Life : Turning Your Personal Experiences Into Compelling Stories by Meg Files
- Slices of Life : The Art and Craft of Memoir Writing by Cheryl Butler Stahle
- Memoir Writer’s Journey blog by Kathy Pooler
- Writing Our Stories (creativityorcrazy.wordpress.com)
- Writing through the grief (randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com)
- Completing my memoirs/ it’s a thoughtful process (sherrylcook.wordpress.com)