Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Avoid Regrets: Write While You’re Healthy

A newspaper columnist writes about her aging mother’s attempts to capture her life stories. Don’t wait until it’s too late to write!

Mary Schmich, a columnist for my hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, frequently writes about personal topics, and this past Sunday Mary wrote about her aging mother. Although she no longer can care for herself, Mary’s mother has taken up writing. Mary tells readers: “For a while now, she has been scribbling notes on every kind of paper. Big sheets, little sheets, lined, unlined, white, yellow, blue.??? She has the use of only one hand, which “opens just enough to let a pen slip between her fingers.??? Among the many things the older woman writes are stories from her childhood. At this stage of her life, Mary’s mother feels the need to write her memoirs.

My plea to you is not to wait that long. You have the advantage of knowing how to use a computer, and you probably have the use of both of your hands. Mary found her mother’s legal pad with the heading, “Topics to Write About.??? You don’t need a legal pad; you can keep your topics online here at WriteMyMemoirs. You won’t lose them or forget the topics you wanted to include.

But if you wait too long, like Mary’s mom, all you will have is the topic titles and not the life stories that go with them. You’re here to write your memoirs. Set up a schedule and get them done, because time goes so very quickly.

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Then just set up a chapter and start writing your memoir. Don’t worry about rules. There are no rules to writing your memoir; there are only trends. These trends are based on techniques and features identified in current top-selling memoirs. At best, they’re the flavor of the month. If you’re capturing your life in print for your family, for your own gratification or to inspire readers, rather than aiming to set off Hollywood screenplay bidding wars, these trends don’t even apply to you. You’ll write the memoir that suits you best, and it will be timeless, not trend-driven.There are no rules, but there are four steps:

1. Theme/framework
2. Writing
3. Editing/polishing
4. Self-publishing

You’ve researched this, too, and you’ve been shocked at the price for getting help with any one of those steps, much less all four. That’s because most memoir sites promise to commercialize your work. They’ll follow a formula based on current memoir trends, because they want to convince you that they can turn your memoir into a best-seller. These sites overwhelm you with unnecessary information not to help you, the memoir author, but to address Search Engine Optimization (SEO) algorithms so they can sell more.

That’s not what we do at Write My Memoirs. Our small community of coaches, writers and editors are every bit as skilled as any you’ll find, and we charge appropriately for their expertise and the time they’ll spend helping you craft a compelling, enjoyable read. But you won’t pay an upcharge for other websites’ commercialization, the marketing that follows, and the pages of intimidating “advice.” You can sell your book if you like—we have ISBNs available for you—but our organic process of capturing your story takes a noncommercial path.

If you want help with any or all of the four steps above, choose from our services or save money by selecting one of our packages. If you’d like to talk about what’s right for you, schedule a call. One year from now, you can be holding your published memoir in your hand. And at that point, it will be a big deal!