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Tips About Writing A Memoir

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The following tips are from Denis Ledoux, author of Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories ( offsite link)
  • When thinking about what to include, do not attempt to include every detail of your life. Instead, focus on a small number of stories that highlight a crucial phase or tuning point in your life.
  • When possible, show instead of telling. For instance, instead of "I was cold" try something like: "I was in a thin coat, the termperature was below freezing and the wind was howling."
  • Be honest..
  • Think of writing your memoir like you would any work project. Set time each da to work on it. Pace yourself.
  • A free list of questions which are aimed at helping you recall memories worth including is available at: offsite link.  Registration is required. 

Memoir writing instruction is available:

  • Online through online workshops. For instance:
  • Community colleges and adult education programs offer courses in memoir writing. 

You can also hire a consultant who will interview and write a memoir for you. Search online for such terms as "memoirghostwriter" or "memoircoach". Look for people who fit the following:

  • At least 5 references (and check the references)
  • Writing samples
  • A feeling that you can relate easily to the person and will feel comfortable reviewing your life with him or her.

NOTE: Consider making a video of your story. You can do it yourself on your smart phone. If you prefer, and have the cash, professionals are available to create a video of you telling your story. Shooting generally takes a day or more with a camera crew, gear and lighting, and possibly a makeup artist.  Service providers include:; offsite link, offsite linkand offsite link

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