My life's not that interesting.
That's what someone wrote in the comment section of the memoir survey I sent a while ago.
It's not what I expected, and I don't believe it's true.
After all, what makes an interesting life to one person may not be interesting to another. Is an interesting life one with lots of travel? A successful career? Life on a farm? Sailing around the world? Lots of dinner parties and dancing?
Any one of those things might fill your days, but I'm not sure that would guarantee a good memoir. What makes a good memoir is your take on the world ... how you see things, and why they matter.
Your perspective is what people want to read about.
I like to write about the unexpected, curious ways the commonplace can (and does) surprise me. When I write, it's often about things like acorns pinging off the neighbor's metal roof (how loud is that inside the house?), the cat with the green eyes hiding the tall grass, and the soft rain that put me to sleep. And those are the stories people comment on ... because they can relate to them. They've experienced something similar, or it reminds them of something.
Where you go is what you see.
So don't worry about whether or not you have an interesting life. Where you go with your writing and memoir is more about what you see and how something made you feel.
Whether you write about your business, family life, hobbies, or personal challenge, it's the lessons you learned, the experiences you had, and how they affected you that people want to read about.
When I re-read some of the stories I've written, they remind me of different times in my life; a life filled with curiosity and attention to detail. And that's what matters, no matter where or how you live your life. What do you see? How do you feel?
Write about that.
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