So you want to write a memoir. Maybe you have a story to tell, but you’re stuck on how to provide context. Maybe you know there’s a story in there, but you’re not sure what it is. Maybe you know what you want to say, but you can’t seem to get started. Telling your story is a messy, complicated and beautiful process that is worth the effort. (Here are 3 reasons why.) But sometimes you still need a nudge in the right direction. These memoir writing prompts can be that nudge.
There are so many things to consider when you start writing your story. Do you begin at the beginning? Should the story progress chronologically, or should you weave in a theme by jumping back and forth through time? You need to think about context—consider which relationships are essential and which locations provide the required geographical building blocks. Does the reader need to know your great uncle in order to understand you? Is your small-town childhood a window into your longing for home? There are so many questions; start finding the answers by writing your way into the story. Use these 4 memoir writing prompts to launch your narrative and get the words flowing.
- Your earliest memory. What’s the earliest thing you can remember? Is it an impactful memory? What does it mean to you?
- A significant event in the last 5 years. Write about an event from the last 5 years that stands out in your mind. What makes it stand out? What does it say about you and your recent past?
- An impactful relationship. Relationships shape us like little else can. What is one of your most meaningful relationships? How is that person connected to you?
- A treasured item. A cherished piece of jewellery; an outwardly insignificant trinket. Write about a possession you treasure. Why is it important to you?
Are you stuck in the middle of writing your story? Do you dream of writing a memoir?