5 Tips on How to Write a Book About Your Mother

There are all kinds of mothers in the world, and there are many things that are written about mothers every day. Mothers have inspired everyone from world leaders to the child down the block. And yet, most of these moms won’t have their moment in the sun beyond their immediate circle of family and friends. By learning how to write a book about your mother, you have the opportunity to create something very special that will be a lasing tribute.

Tip One: Determining a Fictional Memoir or Representation

To begin your journey of writing a book about your mother, you first need to know what kind of book you want to write. You can write a biography, which contains memories and stories about different aspects of your mother’s life.

Or, you can choose to make your mother a fictional character in a book inspired by her life story. Both options will require you to know a lot of background information about your mother. A biography will probably be more of an emotional experience for you than a fictional account.

Tip Two: Collect the Facts

Okay, now that you know what direction you’re going to take with this book, it’s time to gather lots of facts about mum. Sure, you grew up with her and have lots of memories, but you’re not the only one she interacts with.

But still, you should start with your own special memories of her. You can then go on to interview family, friends and various acquaintances about what they know, or remember. You will be amazed at the things you do not know about dear old mother.

If your book is not an unexpected gift for your mother, then go ahead and interview her for her life story. She will probably be more than happy to sit down with you over your favorite meal and chat about past events. Of course, if it’s a gift, you can be upbeat and secretly record her memories.

Tip Three: Create an Outline

Even though you are writing about your own mother, the book still needs to be organized in a way that makes it easy for readers. The easiest way would be to start from scratch and go all the way to the present day. Or, you can focus on a very specific time or event in her life, and use that as the basis for the book.

Each chapter will talk about a specific time and place or event.

For example, Chapter One: Running Errands for Nickel and Ice Cream Cone

This episode sets up the story of how a mother often ran errands as a little girl, and had some funny things happen while doing it.

Tip Four: Stay Objective

Because you are so close to the subject of the book, you may sometimes get too emotional and drift toward too much of a sentimental bus. Or, if you have an experienced relationship with your mother, too much negativity can cloud a good story.

If you are going to commit to being the author of your mother’s biography, then think of yourself as a writer hired to write this book. Your main goal is to write about your mother’s bad and bad things in a fun and enlightening way. You can only do this if you can keep your own deep emotions out of it. Save all those stacked feelings for your own biography.

Tip Five: Take Your Time

If other people are going to read this book, then take the time to do a good job of paying attention to your mother’s story. If you’re a first-time author, you’ll quickly discover that writing a book is a step-by-step process that involves putting your thoughts in the right words.

I suggest that when working on the first draft, you let the words flow out of you freely, without much thought to trying to make it perfect. This way, what you really want to say will come out of you much easier. You can always go back later and edit what you’ve written.

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