- - typewriter, computer or paper and pen,
- - free time,
- - literary skills
Hire an assistant. You may not even have to resort to the help of professionals; someone from your next of kin can help you.
You can read individual chapters to him and ask him to comment.
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Where to start recording memoirs
First, it should be understood that memoirs - This is not an autobiography in which the narrative begins from birth itself and sequentially passes through the entire “life calendar”. In memoirs, this sequence is not an axiom, although some ordering is needed. You can just take some significant piece of your life and build your memoirs on it.
Many turn to their childhood, as the most mysterious and interesting topic for memoirs. The difficulty is that few people remember their childhood in such detail that they could write at least a couple of pages of text about it. But it only seems so.
In fact, you just didn’t remember childhood for a long time. It is worth starting, as you can be captured by such a powerful wave of memories that it’s not enough for one notebook. Family albums with photographs, old letters, diaries, music and videos, and, of course, the stories of your relatives will help you here.
And also the Internet! Yes Yes. You can find here a lot of useful reminders of the past. Now on many forums and social networks there are sections and groups where visitors post a lot of pictures and nostalgic memories from the Soviet past. Here are children's toys of that time, and industrial goods, and food, and so much more.
Looking through these materials, you may suddenly recall that it was just such a toy in your childhood, and the look of kefir bottles with a foil cap or “Wait a minute” chewing gum for 15 kopecks can lead you to long-forgotten memories that you just like that and would never have remembered.
Secondly, it is very useful for an example to read already published memoirs. Find “Memory, Speak” by Vladimir Nabokov, or “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust, or “My Early Years” by Winston Churchill. You should not be embarrassed that they were great writers, and according to your essay, there were only triples in your school, or even worse. It is not at all necessary to become one of the great. But there is something to learn from them. Yes, even just to get inspired.
Thirdly, you should find some key, very significant moment in your past from which you can go on a journey through the waves of memory. Start remembering it in all possible details and write it in a draft.
Perhaps, at the same time, you will begin to recall earlier events, which are also very significant for you. Write them down too. You can draw a mind map based on this key event. This is a very good help, which can serve as a kind of plan for writing the next detailed text.
The beginning is, what's next?
Suppose you find a suitable key moment in your life and begin to record memories of it, even if it’s pretty messy for now. How to make it all look more or less like a book, and not like a collection of incoherent passages that nobody but you will be interested in reading.
In any fiction there is always a plot. It is the plot that draws the reader in and excites his interest in further reading. No plot - no interest.
In the case of memoirs, everything is exactly the same. You need to link all your memories into a certain connected plot. The difficulty is that at the very beginning of compiling notes this plot is far from always visible even to you. You simply write down your memories, not knowing in advance what else will pop up in your memory.
Therefore, it makes sense to build a storyline in memoirs from about the middle of the story, or even at the very end, when you yourself come to certain conclusions and results. You might even want to rewrite everything again, shuffling the memories and arranging them in a completely different order.
Of course, in your story there should be some bright, anchor events, conflicts that you either managed to resolve, or they left a noticeable imprint in your life. This fuels the interest of the reader. If everything is recorded smoothly, without any bursts of emotional waves, then it will be unbearably boring to read even to you.
Therefore, do not spare emotions and do not hesitate to write them out in all colors. After all, you are writing a book of your life. So let it be bright!
“Memories are magical clothes that do not wear out from consumption.”
As in any successful business, there must be a certain methodological approach to writing memoirs. If you, in the wake of enthusiasm, “remembered” a cart and a small cart in one evening, quickly recorded it, and then abandoned it for a month or two, then you are guaranteed to have to start all over again. It will be very difficult to start from the same place where you stayed last time.
Therefore, it is better to write at least a little bit, but every day, or in a day or two, but not to give up this activity for a long time.
Many may be discouraged from the idea of creating memoirs by the fact that time is needed to remember and subsequent recording, but it is already lacking. Take an example from the famous writer Julia Cameron. She often writes in fits and starts when there is a free minute or two in everyday life.
You can do your daily business and at the same time remember something from your past, making short notes in a notebook, smartphone or laptop, and even if just on paper napkins or on any piece of paper. To do this, you don’t need to allocate any special time, lock yourself in a strict office with an oak table and a table lamp a la “Serious Writer”.
What can be written in memoirs
The truth! Memoirs are not fiction. First of all, this is a true description of events that took place in the past, and the author’s thoughts about these very events, his attitude to them, emotions, thoughts and conclusions connected with them.
Moreover, the word "truth" means that you will not describe yourself only on the positive side, but also tell without hiding and about some negative sides. Life consists not only of success, but failure too. When you talk about them, you inspire confidence in the reader.
Do not use passive constructions and clericalism in the text. These are just mega boring things! Passive constructions are an official style that lends itself to red tape.
Examples of passive constructions: “tasks were completed”, “problems were solved”, “work was done”, etc. Instead, use active constructs: “I completed the task”, “we solved the problem”, “I did this work”.
Stationery - words and phrases that also came from the official style of business papers. These are all kinds of: is, has a place to be, was in a state, which, this, referred to, should, according to, in the case, in connection with, due to the fact that, despite the fact that, due to the fact that, namely, as, etc.
Use as few complex words, definition words, very long words, or very rare words (obsolete) as possible. You may find this a decoration of the text, but the reader will not understand this, or think that you are simply showing off.
Describe events in a specific environment, not uncertainties suspended in the air. If this event took place in a cafe, give a brief but comprehensive description of the decoration of this coffee and its visitors. This will immerse the reader in a specific environment, will make you feel the atmosphere of space.
Use sensual descriptions, not just: the table is oak, the lamp is red, the waiter is thick. Instead, write: the rough surface of the oak tabletop, the soft and mysterious light of an old red lamp, the greasy and clumsy waiter, “fragrant” sour soup, in a shabby crumpled apron.
The reader must feel all this for himself. Therefore, use more words describing specific sensations - visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory and taste.
In addition, the use of metaphors, quotes, dialogues, and other writer's embellishments is entirely permissible and even encouraged in memoirs, if they are appropriate and fit into the general outline of the narrative. They will not only diversify your text, but also add raisins, which readers always like.
How to finish memoirs
Any good (read - interesting) story has a beginning and an end. Your memoirs too. They cannot be abandoned halfway unsaid. You may not be able to draw some vital conclusions yourself, but the story needs to be brought to its logical conclusion. If the story is still ongoing, then your memoirs are not finished yet and will be supplemented with new materials over time.
When you finish writing, re-read everything from beginning to end and “drain the water” along the way. This means that it is necessary to discard from the text all that is superfluous, not essential, or it is painted too floridly and in detail. If these floridities and details do not reveal the essence of the matter, then they are clearly useless.
It’s very easy to check the text for “water”: you read the sentence, you see a dubious word in it, delete it and check if the meaning and essence of the sentence are lost. If not, then the word really was superfluous.
In the same way, check a paragraph of text. If any sentence in it is superfluous, then down with it! And with the paragraphs themselves you do exactly the same, ruthlessly removing them from the text.
After all these heroic efforts, you have to take an equally heroic step - to give memoirs to your closest friends and relatives whom you trust. Thus, you pursue two tasks:
1. Check how interesting and informative your story is (by reviews),
2. Check how fully the information is presented.
The second paragraph may lead to the fact that you want to supplement your memoirs with the information that your first readers will provide you. Perhaps you yourself could not remember something, but it turned out to be significant. You may have made a mistake in your memories, and your friends can help you fix it.
In any case, feedback is needed. So feel free to ask people to read your texts and give this feedback.
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