a workbook for writing your life story

Four Ways to Organize Your Memoir

Four Ways to Organize Your Memoir

If you were to sit down and write your life story, where would you start? For many people, it starts with an outline. There are a number of different ways in which you can begin organizing your thoughts to get your words on paper; it’s just a matter of finding the way that works best for you!

Chronologically

One of the easiest ways to conceptualize writing your memoir is by writing from the beginning. Write what happened in your childhood first, and work your way to where you are in your life now.

Events

Another way to write your memoir is to write the big events in your life. What are the events you really want other people to know about? Write those first, and then find a common connection through all of them.

Subject

If you find that you want to write about specific subjects or people, you can write about each one individually. Write through all of the experiences you’ve had with one subject or person, education or your brother for example, and then move on to the next subject or person.

Topic

If there’s one topic that you feel colors your entire life, write about your experiences with that topic. This can be as broad or narrow as you choose. What was the first experience you had with this topic? What has your life been like with this specific topic in mind?

Choosing one way to write your memoir will help you to organize your stories in a way that makes sense to you. The most important aspect of choosing a way to organize your memoir is choosing one that makes logical sense to you, so you’re able to see the writing all the way through to the end.