I asked for ideas on memoir writing a little while ago and received some excellent tips.
Even so, getting started was still a problem. I decided to do a mind map/brain storm and see where that took me. I looked at it from the following angles:
- why do I want to do it?
- how am I going to do it?
- what do I need to do it?
- when is this going to happen?
I then put a table together with those headings and answered the questions honestly. Once I had the first three thoroughly considered I set a time-frame.
At the conclusion I committed myself to write just two pages for each different period in my life:
- 60+ (where I am at right now)
- 50-60 years
- 40-50 years
- 30-40 years
- life in remote communities in my 20s and 30s
- 20-30 years (when my children were born)
- teenage years
- primary school years
My commitment is to do two pages for each of the above before the 30th June 2016. I have a whiteboard where I tick off the days that I write so it is quite visual.
I am really enjoying the process. I don’t have a goal beyond 30 June but I will consider that when the time comes. Whether it ever comes to print doesn’t seem important. I am enjoying reflecting on the BIG PICTURE of my life – the good and not so good!
I am also collecting (in one place) other bits and pieces that I may merge at a later date.
Just thought I would share the process I developed as it may be useful to someone else 🙂