2_1 Getting Started

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.

  1. For your first memoir, the best way to prewrite is to make a list. Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side, write the heading "Best Things" and on the other side, write the heading "Worst Things." What are 10 of the best thing that have ever happened to you?  List as many items as you can in the “Best Things” column within the next 5 minutes.  After you’ve taken a short break, think about the following:  What are the 10 worst things that have ever happened to you?.  List as many items as you can think of in the “Worst Things” column.  Then take another short break
  2. Look back at your list and put a star next to the items that are most significant to you for one reason or another.  You might have a lot more positives than negatives, or vice versa.
  3. Chart your most significant positives and negatives on a graph.  You may use age as the organizing principle, like Chris did, or you may use years, like Sara did.  See the attachments below if you need some help.

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.





Lani Uyeno,
May 12, 2010, 5:53 PM
Lani Uyeno,
May 12, 2010, 5:54 PM