People like to think that the enjoyment you get from your memoir is all at the end. You put in an enormous amount of work, and one day you’re eventually done, and you feel great.
Although it works for some, spending months or years working on a huge project in isolation often leads to a loss of enthusiasm and eventual burnout. This is why, based on our research, the majority of people who start memoir projects never finish them.
If you want to avoid the traps that snare so many other memoir writers, you should create ways to stay happy and motivated during the process of creating your memoir.
At Memoir Place, we do this by moving most of the payoff away from the finishing of your memoir, and into the process of creating your memoir. Instead of your family and friends getting presented with a final product that took months or years of work, send them an update whenever you finish a story.
This is great for your family, because they get to be a part of the experience with you. They’ll learn new things about you, and it will bring the family together.
It will also be great for you. You’ll get feedback that will help you improve. Also, your friends and family will remind you of countless interesting stories that you absolutely must include.
By sharing each story, and implementing other techniques to make the process of working on your memoir enjoyable, you are stacking the odds in your favor. You’ll have more fun, and in the end, isn’t that what this is all about?
This article is part of the How To Write Your Memoir series.