To resonate with others there are some key ingredients to writing a memorable memoir, says today's topic on WritersLife.org. Even though I've been working on mine for months now, I still had to read this article. Here is how I have worked in these key ingredients:
I was well aware that a memoir does not have to remembered verbatim and that you need only include what you feel is important to your story. Also, I did not go chronologically in most cases, something someone I know mentioned after she read the pdf of my story I'd sent by e-mail. But in many instances, it was to contrast what happened in one instance vs. another. For example, one chapter is devoted to many different things over several years that I never go to do or have. Another is about what occurred to me personally in 2001, in the weeks leading up to bombing.
As I have said in past blog posts, I was uncertain if I wanted to attempt a memoir, but decided to do so after what I'd begun to write seemed like such. I was primarily worried about using real names of others, so I chose to use fictional names. In some cases, I made some people into two or three different people in order to further disguise them.
This was pretty obvious to me from memoirs I have read. Going onto Prozac was the journey that my memoir has told.