Saturday we began considering your memoir’s ending—your Grand Finale.
You might be saying, “But I haven’t finished writing my vignettes yet!” Let me explain:
1) Write a rough draft of your conclusion, subject to revisions, and
2) It might seem strange to work on your ending before you’ve finished the main body of your memoir—your vignettes, your stories, your chapters—but think of this:
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.”
In other words, plan ahead. Know where you’re going with your memoir, and aim for that. Plan ahead for your memoir to end on a high note so your readers will long remember it.
How do you do that?
Well, you had a reason to start writing your memoir. What was it?
For me, it was stumbling upon Deuteronomy 4:9, “Always remember what you’ve seen God do for you, and be sure to tell your children and grandchildren!”
If you can pinpoint your reason to begin writing your memoir, you’ll have a better idea of how you want it to end.
You might want to get out a couple of sticky notes. On the first one write, “The reason I’m writing my memoir is________________” and fill in the blank.
On the second, write, “The message I want my readers to take away from my memoir is _______________” and fill in the blank, keeping in mind you probably won’t know the final version of your ending until you’ve written all your chapters and have taken time to dig deeply and discover all the gems hidden within—a crucial part of memoir.
“… The last impression
is what people remember.
Begin well, with attack and accuracy.
Drive it through.
But, whatever else,
make the end the best.
Know exactly what you are aiming for
and finish with a bang.”
C’mon back on Saturday when we’ll examine additional considerations for your memoir’s Grand Finale.