59 Memoir Ideas

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56 Memoir Topics

Which of these have been important in your life?

1) being a parent

2) your parent

3) your grandparent

4) a sister or brother

5) a sport or game that's been important to you

6) gardening

7) a trip you took

8) a particular job

9) your career

10) something you collect

11) an unusual talent

12) dieting or fitness

13) your cultural heritage

14) a romance

15) marriage

16) divorce

17) farming

18) your relationship to nature

19) a school you went to

20) your college or university

21) summer camp

22) your house

23) a pet

24) an illness

25) a disability

26) an accident

27) an addiction

28) the death of someone close to you

29) childhood

30) adolescence

31) becoming an adult

32) middle age

33) old age

34) a book or movie that changed your life

35) a work of art that changed your life

36) a teacher or mentor

37) an important friendship

38) a spiritual or religious experience

39) a change in your economic situation

40) a decision to change some aspect of your life

41) a place where you lived

42) a place that was special to you

43) a move to a new place

44) another major life change

45) the effect of war on your life

46) another historical event that impacted your life

47) food

48) chores

49) a dangerous situation you survived

50) something you did to help others

51) military service

52) something you accomplished

53) a topic you research as a hobby

54) discrimination you have faced

55) someone who was a great inspiration to you

56) a mission or quest

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3 Memoir Prompts

1) What's a song that brings back memories for you? Listen to the song (if you don't have a recording, you can probably find it on Youtube.com), and travel back in your mind to a time that it makes you remember. Spend a few minutes inside that memory, reliving it in as much detail as possible. Then write about that memory, trying to recreate it on the page.

2) Write about a conversation that had an impact on your life. Show the scene where the conversation happened, and try to reconstruct parts of the dialogue word-for-word on the page so that readers can "hear" it first-hand.

3) Look at a photograph of your family. What memories does it bring back? Focus on one of the memories, trying to recall sounds, smells, and other sensations, as well as what things looked like. Then write about it, recreating the scene for the reader.

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