Map Your Memoir Writing Goals for 2024

memoir mindset productivity writing tips Dec 26, 2023
Map Your Memoir Goals

Embarking on the journey of writing your memoir is a courageous and deeply personal endeavor. As we step into the new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on your experiences and commit to putting pen to paper. Setting specific and achievable writing goals will not only keep you on track but also provide a roadmap for creating your unique narrative. In this blog post, we'll explore practical tips on how to set memoir writing goals for 2024.

1. Reflect on Your Story

Start by reflecting on the key themes, events, and emotions you want to capture in your memoir. Consider the overarching message you wish to convey to your readers. This reflection will serve as the foundation for setting meaningful writing goals.

2. Define Your Purpose

Clearly articulate why you want to write your memoir. Are you seeking personal catharsis, hoping to share life lessons, or aiming to connect with a specific audience? Understanding your purpose will help you set goals that align with your motivations.

3. Break It Down

Writing a memoir can seem like a monumental task. Break down your overarching goal into smaller, more manageable tasks. Set monthly, weekly, or even daily targets to keep the writing process from becoming overwhelming.

4. Establish a Writing Routine

Consistency is key when it comes to writing. Set aside dedicated time in your schedule for writing, whether it's early in the morning, during lunch breaks, or before bedtime. Creating a routine will help you make steady progress toward your goals.

5. Set Realistic Word Count Targets

Determine a realistic word count goal for your memoir. This could be a daily, weekly, or monthly target, depending on your schedule and writing pace. Setting measurable objectives will keep you accountable and motivated. In this blog post, I help you calculate how long it might take you to write your memoir.

6. Incorporate Revision and Editing Time

Recognize that writing is a process that involves not only creation but also revision. Allocate time in your goals for reviewing and editing your work. This ensures that your memoir evolves into a polished and compelling narrative. Here are some tips on how to approach revisions after you’ve finished writing your rough draft.

7. Celebrate Milestones

Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way. Completing a chapter, reaching a word count milestone, or receiving positive feedback are all cause for celebration. Rewarding yourself will help maintain enthusiasm for your project.

8. Stay Flexible

Life is unpredictable, and unexpected events may disrupt your writing routine. Be flexible in adapting your goals to accommodate these changes. A flexible mindset will prevent frustration and keep you focused on the bigger picture.

9. Seek Professional Guidance

Memoir writing can trigger a flood of memories, big and small. Some memories can be painful and difficult to process. If you find yourself struggling or in need of guidance, consider seeking support from a therapist and a writing coach, editor, or mentor. Their expertise can provide valuable insights and help refine your memoir-writing goals.


As you set out to write your memoir in 2024, remember that the journey is as important as the destination. By establishing thoughtful and achievable writing goals, you are not only shaping your narrative but also honoring the stories that make you unique. Embrace the process, stay committed, and watch as your memoir unfolds one word at a time.

If you’d like to learn about how writing your trauma story can lead to personal freedom and more powerful writing, sign up for my upcoming live memoir masterclass—Telling the Truth about Trauma—on January 5, 2024, 12 noon Central (10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern). I’ll co-present with Natalie Sum, trauma therapist. Together, we'll teach you about the power of unlocking trauma stories and writing about them in a way that may change your life the way it's changed mine.


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