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41. I put the question to ChatGPT. Here's the reply
Wed Apr 12, 2023, 12:38 AM
Apr 2023

Q: I want to write a memoir. Can you give me an outline or guidance to get me started?

A: Writing a memoir can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Here are some steps to get you started:

Identify the central theme or message of your memoir: Before you start writing, you need to have a clear understanding of the main theme or message that you want to convey through your memoir. This will help you stay focused as you write and make sure that your story has a coherent structure.

Determine the scope of your memoir: Decide what period of your life or specific event you want to write about. You may want to focus on a particular period, such as your childhood or teenage years, or a specific event, such as a significant loss or achievement.

Create an outline: Once you have decided on your theme and scope, create an outline of your memoir. This can be a rough sketch of the main events, or a more detailed chapter-by-chapter breakdown.

Gather materials: Collect any materials that may be helpful in writing your memoir, such as photographs, letters, or journal entries. These can help jog your memory and provide additional details that you may have forgotten.

Start writing: Begin writing your memoir, using your outline as a guide. Don't worry about getting everything perfect in the first draft; the most important thing is to get your ideas down on paper.

Revise and edit: Once you have completed your first draft, revise and edit your work. Read it aloud to yourself or ask someone else to read it to help you identify areas that need improvement.

Seek feedback: Show your memoir to a trusted friend, family member, or writing group for feedback. Listen to their suggestions and use them to improve your work.

Publish your memoir: Once you are satisfied with your memoir, consider publishing it. You can self-publish, find a literary agent, or submit your work to a publishing house.

Remember, writing a memoir is a process that takes time and effort. But with persistence and dedication, you can create a compelling story that will resonate with readers. Good luck!

Look at these PJMcK Apr 2023 #1
you left out Conjuay Apr 2023 #21
Objectivity PJMcK Apr 2023 #23
Ok Lithos Apr 2023 #2
Check your library for "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott Lettuce Be Apr 2023 #3
Great book AZSkiffyGeek Apr 2023 #14
I was going to recommend this book as well... Phentex Apr 2023 #15
around here NJCher Apr 2023 #4
one more thought NJCher Apr 2023 #7
. . . and hers was one of the Not Heidi Apr 2023 #9
There's a ton of info on that & I'm sure, specifically how to write memoirs. CrispyQ Apr 2023 #5
I would recommend several books on writing by Natalie Goldberg, specificly one on writing memoir. royable Apr 2023 #6
Possible (Writing) Tools As Assistants Ahna KneeMoose Apr 2023 #8
What? Not Microsoft Word? Not Heidi Apr 2023 #10
Ahh, Err, Umm, Actually (then Seriously?) (Okay then!) (n/t) Ahna KneeMoose Apr 2023 #11
The latest MS-Office, which includes Word, provides direct access to the MS AI writing assistants. Earth-shine Apr 2023 #26
Just start writing. Worry about getting it into final, publishable form highplainsdem Apr 2023 #12
I'm a retired professional writer. Earth-shine Apr 2023 #13
Really? AI? Not Heidi Apr 2023 #17
You can't copyright AI illustrations. There's already a court ruling highplainsdem Apr 2023 #18
I can certainly see how AI-written stories would piss off editors of creative writing mags, but ... Earth-shine Apr 2023 #25
I've posted a number of threads in General Discussion on magazines highplainsdem Apr 2023 #29
"In which case they don't deserve readers." Earth-shine Apr 2023 #31
The problem with chatbots providing misinformation, as opposed to some sites you can get highplainsdem Apr 2023 #34
You are now very far from the OP. Earth-shine Apr 2023 #35
We're on the subject of AI because you highplainsdem Apr 2023 #36
I think of AI for more of a memories book like Story Pro... Phentex Apr 2023 #19
That's what Carol Burnett intended Not Heidi Apr 2023 #37
It is fully originated by the user, not the AI. Earth-shine Apr 2023 #24
No, a rough draft from a chatbot isn't fully originated by the person highplainsdem Apr 2023 #27
The difference is between what would be acceptable for small-scale publishing and what one might Earth-shine Apr 2023 #30
I agree that big business doesn't care, and a lot of companies are already implementing AI highplainsdem Apr 2023 #32
Absolutely Consider All Wordages From 'highplainsdem' (Just Above) Ahna KneeMoose Apr 2023 #16
Elders Not Heidi Apr 2023 #38
Understood - And Thank You For Your Kind Response (n/t) Ahna KneeMoose Apr 2023 #39
Am same as you. But best internet advice from successful types: Just DO IT UTUSN Apr 2023 #20
It would be difficult for me as I approach the end of life. Chainfire Apr 2023 #22
Just fiction... Sorry Laura PourMeADrink Apr 2023 #28
No, but this guy does: lastlib Apr 2023 #33
Two LudwigPastorius Apr 2023 #40
I put the question to ChatGPT. Here's the reply intrepidity Apr 2023 #41
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