A to Z Theme 2016

For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.

In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Unique (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge

       Even though your story may be similar to the stories of a million others, you are nevertheless unique in who you are.   What will make your memoir stand out from the rest is to create an aura of uniqueness for yourself.  Think about your habits and hobbies, your strengths and weaknesses, or any of the other attributes that set you apart from others who are somewhat like you.

        Whether it be success or failure, how you've handled the life situations you've encountered might be part of a special story that only you can tell.   In some ways it might help to think of memoir in the same way you would approach a resume.  What is it that makes you stand out among the crowd that makes you particularly suited for the job?

       With a memoir you are applying for the reader's time.  Why should they pick up your book to read about your life?   The difference between the memoir and the resume is that the memoir may not be all braggadocio, but you might have shortcomings and less than good outcomes at times.  Don't sell yourself short in the end though.  Your story needs to move the reader in some way to be a memorable experience for them.    Your memoir needs to have that uniqueness that makes it a special reading event.

         Do you currently have a resume?   When you tell a story about yourself do you sometimes embellish it to make it more interesting?   What are some unique attributes or talents that you have?


  1. Hi Lee - uniqueness is important ... but it's as important to make sure your audience is entertained and thus what you're writing interests them and gives them another perspective ... cheers Hilary

  2. I have a resume...for jobs of course...but I haven't worked since June 2011. I think my story is unique but probably others wouldn't find it as interesting. I can't be the only person to move from the east coast to the west coast. lol

  3. Someday I want to write a memoir. Yet someday keeps getting further and further away. Thanks for the push in the right direction. I'll keep this in mind.

  4. Maybe prefect for today but I can ride a Unicycle! Actually I was able to get on a ride after only a couple of tries.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires


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