Individual Deliverable 2: Overview
From: Lani Uyeno, Manager
To: Hali'a Interns
Subject: Getting Started and Drafting
To help you get started with your first memoir, try prewriting, jotting down ideas about possible topics for your memoir. This can be done informally, on a napkin while you are sitting at Starbucks, for example. Because we are in a virtual company, we will have to do this informally to start and then put the ideas together in a formal way so others can respond to it.
Remember that your first memoir assignment is to re-create a particular incident or encounter that had a strong impact on you. From your positive/negative graph, you’ve come up with many incidents, and now you need to choose one.
Getting Started. Once you have settled on a topic for your memoir, scribble anything and everything you can think of concerning the subject. Make lists, freewrite, brainstorm. In other words, generate lots of material to begin with. Later you can cut, shape, revise, and edit.
Drafting. Keep in mind your purpose for writing – the ideas and impressions that you want to convey, the particular traits you want to emphasize. Provide specific details that serve to satisfy our purpose.
When you have completed a draft, move on Draft Sharing. This section will explain how to do a peer critique.