Core Elements of Strong Memoir Writing
(Remember to use these elements to guide
both your reading analysis work and your writing!)
1) The Catalyst - What is the trigger that gets your story started?
(i.e. person, place, object, conversation, action, creature Sentence Starter: "It all started when...")
2) Central Moment/Event - What is the key moment that your entire memory grows from?
NOTE: You can have other moments, but one should be more important than the rest. (Flashbacks)
3) Conflict - What's the main problem(s) in your story?
NOTE: Even happy memories should have some sort of conflict.
4) Inner Thinking - How do you react to the events in the story?
For every two paragraphs of sensory description, you need a paragraph of inner thinking.
5) The Climax - What is the turning point in your story?
- Include sensory details.
- Slow down the action so the reader can experience every detail.
- Include your thoughts in that moment.
6) Your Epiphany - What did you learn from this memory?
- Was it deep? Life altering?
- Was it common sense, but the memory simply made it more clear?
- Did it change the way you feel about yourself or someone else?
- Did it change the way you live your life?
When you think of "English", what words come to your mind?