Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Children’s Wellbeing Linked to Your Memoir!

Research shows that children do best when they know their family history.

I’m not embarrassed that I read Parade weekly. That skinny little magazine comes with my Sunday newspaper and is hard to ignore, plus it always has some interesting factoids. A few weeks ago, Parade ran a quiz to let readers measure the happiness of their family life. Devised by author Bruce Feiler, the quiz was based on his own research that identified “the ingredients that make families effective, resilient and happy.” The very first question read:

When a team of psychologists measured children’s resilience, they found that the kids who ___ were best able to handle stress.
(a) Ate the same breakfast every day
(b) Knew the most about their family’s history
(c) Played team sports
(d) Attended regular religious services
The answer was (b)! The explanation: “The more children know about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives and the higher their self-esteem. The reason: These children have a strong sense of ‘intergenerational self’—they understand that they belong to something bigger than themselves, and that families naturally experience both highs and lows.”

Intuitively, I really relate to that explanation. Don’t you? Doesn’t that knowledge of what came before you provide a necessary identification of who you are? So if you’re not writing a memoir for your own amusement, write one for your children and grandchildren!

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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!