The Role of Change in Writing Your Memoir

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There’s an old joke that two things in life are inevitable: death and taxes.

To that I’d add, change. Whether we like it or not, our lives are constantly in a state of change.

It’s always been a given in fiction writing that the main character must experience some form of change by the end of the book.

So what does this have to do with writing a memoir, you ask?

Personal experience — and the changes that result — leads to lessons learned.

I’m sure you’ll agree that you know a lot more now than you did when the journey you want to write about in your memoir began.

In some — maybe several — ways that knowledge has changed you.

Here are 21 life events that can cause dramatic change in one’s life:

· Moving to a new city

· Death of one or both parents

· Travel

· Abuse, physical and/or emotional

· Falling in love (and getting married)

· Catastrophic illness

· Divorce

· Having children

· Fire

· Major surgery

· Graduating from college or university

· Getting the “dream job”

· Getting fired

· Death of a child

· Rape

· War

· Imprisonment

· Death of a spouse

· Bankruptcy

· Being elected to public office

· Addiction (and overcoming it)

Take a few minutes to ponder any of these you may have experienced and how you personally changed as a result.

Write where and how it happened.

Did you experience a significant change? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally? Geographically?

Write about how you felt about it at the time, and how you feel about it now.

Then say that in your memoir.

If you’re wondering how to write a memoir and not sure where to being, be sure to download this FREE WORKBOOK!





Author, graphic designer & copywriter with 30+years in the real world of “Mad Men.” Love dogs & Chai tea & chocolate.

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Carolyn V. Hamilton

Carolyn V. Hamilton

Author, graphic designer & copywriter with 30+years in the real world of “Mad Men.” Love dogs & Chai tea & chocolate.

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