Recently you’ve been dreaming about your finished memoir, its title, and its cover. I hope this is fun for you!
You’re also thinking about your memoir’s structure, its framework: how you arrange the order of your chapters. How can you organize them in a way that will appeal most to your readers?
We’ve considered several options for your structure:
- “Where I’m From”
Today I’ll offer another option: Your homes. I got this idea while reading Diana Trautwein’s Trip Down Memory Lane at her blog, DRGT / Just Wondering, at http://drgtjustwondering.blogspot.com.
Recently Diana and her husband drove by the four homes they’ve lived in during their 45 years of marriage. The experience brought back a flood of memories for Diana, some of which she wrote about in her post. You’ll enjoy her Trip Down Memory Lane and photos of those lovely homes at http://drgtjustwondering.blogspot.com/2011/06/trip-down-memory-lane.html.
Diana’s story got me thinking about structure: You could arrange your memoir into divisions according to your homes and the events that happened while living in them.
If you’ve stayed put most of your life, this framework won’t offer much excitement for you or your readers, but for those who have moved a few times, this could be an interesting choice for structuring your memoirs.
Similar to the structure in Wednesday’s blog post, a Table of Contents would look like this:
Part 1: Our Home at 1489 Blueberry Lane
Chapter 1’s title
Chapter 2’s title
Chapter 3’s title
Chapter 4’s title
Part 2: Our Home at 815 Washington Street
Chapter 5’s title
Chapter 6’s title
Chapter 7’s title
Chapter 8’s title
Chapter 9’s title
And so on.
Think about it. Give it a try. Maybe it will work well for you.
Be sure to include photos, and don’t forget addresses! Decades from now your great-grandchildren might like to drive by your old homes!