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eHow Memoir Writing Tips, Part 2

We evaluate eHow’s memoir writing tips #3 and #4.
eHow Memoir Writing Tips, Part 2
Some valuable tips to help you write your memoir appear on eHow.com, so to follow up from last week let’s look at the site’s next two points.
3. Tell the stories behind the important events in your life, such as high school or college graduation, marriage, the birth of a child and your first real job. Don’t just list these events—reveal the excitement or exasperation you felt when they occurred and what you learned from each event.
WriteMyMemoirs commentary: I really like this tip, because it reminds you that you’re not writing a school paper. Usually in school, you’re assigned to write either an expository essay, which provides facts in a dry way without any opinion, or a persuasive essay, which tries to convince the reader to side with your point of view. A memoir is a different animal altogether. You want to present information through the filter of your personal experiences and emotions. You’re not simply presenting facts, but you’re also not specifically arguing a point of view.
4. Discuss the influential people in your life. Perhaps you had a teacher who took you under her wing or a neighbor who taught you how to play baseball. Write down what they looked like, how they spoke and what you admired the most about these individuals.
WriteMyMemoirs commentary: Of course, your autobiography is not complete without including all the important people in your life. But you have to be careful. Once something is published, you can’t undo it, so make sure you’re comfortable including your impressions of people. Even if you present the person in a positive light, read it over a few times. And think very carefully about writing a negative account of someone. Is it worth it to put that out there? Are you seeking revenge? Be true to yourself, but you may regret using your memoir to be petty or settle a score.
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Some valuable tips to help you write your memoir appear on eHow.com, so to follow up from last week let’s look at the site’s next two points.

3. Tell the stories behind the important events in your life, such as high school or college graduation, marriage, the birth of a child and your first real job. Don’t just list these events—reveal the excitement or exasperation you felt when they occurred and what you learned from each event.

WriteMyMemoirs commentary: I really like this tip, because it reminds you that you’re not writing a school paper. Usually in school, you’re assigned to write either an expository essay, which provides facts in a dry way without any opinion, or a persuasive essay, which tries to convince the reader to side with your point of view. A memoir is a different animal altogether. You want to present information through the filter of your personal experiences and emotions. You’re not simply presenting facts, but you’re also not specifically arguing a point of view.

4. Discuss the influential people in your life. Perhaps you had a teacher who took you under her wing or a neighbor who taught you how to play baseball. Write down what they looked like, how they spoke and what you admired the most about these individuals.

WriteMyMemoirs commentary: Of course, your autobiography is not complete without including all the important people in your life. But you have to be careful. Once something is published, you can’t undo it, so make sure you’re comfortable including your impressions of people. Even if you present the person in a positive light, read it over a few times. And think very carefully about writing a negative account of someone. Is it worth it to put that out there? Are you seeking revenge? Be true to yourself, but you may regret using your memoir to be petty or settle a score.

More tips next time!

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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

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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!