Four kinds of textual accounts
Episodic accounts / anecdotes
A basic kind of memoir texts are episodic — short texts about singular events, situations, experiences, based on memories and the archive. Examples are my chemistry studies, the despair I felt when writing my dissertation, and a dream in which I kill my mother. Many of these episodes take the form of anecdotes. See → Episodes and anecdotes
Comprehensive life narrative
The episodes are the bits and pieces (a narrative jigsaw) of the slowly growing comprehensive narrative text (the story) about my life as a whole. This kind of comprehensive text is what we usually think of when we talk about memoirs and autobiographies. See → Life narrative
I will also discuss the possibility of writing the memoir thematically.
Here I see two practical possibilities. Either exploring an overarching theme (a motif) for the comprehensive chronological account. Or organizing the whole memoir thematically instead of narratively (chronologically). See → Life themes
Finally, I will discuss and give examples of the possibility of writing the life in the form of lists of different kinds. Like many other people, I have a special knack for lists. I will not explore the possibility of writing the comprehensive life in list form, but I will contemplate the possibility of writing lists as complements to the narrative or a thematically organized memoir. See → My life in lists