Memoir is About the Little Things Too

by Kendra Bonnett on March 17, 2014

catnav-alchemy-activePost #79 – Memoir and Fiction, Writing Alchemy – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

When you think about your memoir–either the one you’re writing or the one that’s still sloshing around in your head–what do you think about first? Some earth-shattering event that changed your life? Or, perhaps, a series of events that together formed your outlook on life?

But what about the little things? A gathering a friends. A simple activity that sparks an old memory. Even a “where were you moment.” These too are elements worthy of memoir. Oh you won’t necessarily build your memoir around the ordinary or the mundane, but they have their place in your story. They help define you, your world and your personality. And digging deeper into your thoughts and behavior and even just adding the detail enriches your story. Makes you more believable as a person, and engages the reader.

For the reader, it’s the difference between flying over a scene at 10,000 feet or feeling that you’re watching events unfold as you stand in the room. You’ve no doubt heard the saying, Oh to be a fly on the wall. As a memoir writer, you want to put your readers on the wall.

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