When you close your eyes and picture your finished memoir, what do you see?
Have you chosen a title for your book? (If so, let me know!)
Imagine your memoir’s cover. What will it look like?
These days we have a myriad of publishing options. We’ll cover them more fully in the future but for now, you can start thinking about a few:
- a published hardbound or softbound book (either self-published or with an agent and/or publishing company)
- a three-ring binder
- a scrapbook-like format
- a spiral-bound book from your local print shop or office supply store
- a digital book compiled on the Internet (Is that the same thing as an e-book? I'll let you know.)
While you mull over your title, cover, and publishing options, pray for a clear sense of what you want your stories to accomplish in the lives of your readers—children, grandchildren, and other special people.*
Then, grab hold of that vision and make a plan.
This week your finished memoir might seem only a blurry dream, but planning for it now will help speed you toward that glorious accomplishment.
Strategize, organize, and establish short-term and long-term goals for completing your memoir.
Get out your calendar and schedule weekly writing times.
And remember the beauty of memoir.* It’s not autobiography!
In memoir, you don’t need to start with the day of your birth and include details about preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and college.
Facts that are imperative for a résumé are optional in memoir.
Memoir is a slice of life, a story or collection of short stories along a specific theme.
In Spiritual Memoirs 101, our theme comes from several Bible verses that tell us to remember what we’ve seen God do and be sure to tell our children and grandchildren. (See Deuteronomy 4:9 and 6:4-9, for example.)
And do this: Circle a date—probably on your new 2012 calendar—to finish your memoir’s rough draft.
Yes, go ahead! Do it!
Do it now!
And have fun!
*Related post: What is a memoir
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