Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Letters and Email Hold Memories for Your Memoir

Find old letters and email you’ve written as part of your memoirs research.

Think about it: you’ve already written much about your life story. Before about ten years ago, we called these write-ups “letters???; we wrote them on paper and mailed them to friends. Today, of course, we do that through email and blogs, and we may forego capitalization and proper spelling and grammar—but we do still share our emotions and recount our activities for all those interested in reading about us. So consider how much is already out there for you to capture.

The obvious advantage in getting hold of your own past writing is that you don’t have to write that part again! The other benefit is that your recollection of the described events will be fresher than it will be if you try to write about it now. Even if you don’t use what you’ve written word for word, your previous writings can serve as part of your research. Certainly if you were writing a biography of someone else, you’d be interested in attaining copies of that person’s original letters and emails.

Many people save letters and emails. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your friends and relatives to search through their attics and inboxes for stacks of your mail and “search results??? of your email. I’ll bet it will provide fascinating reading for you, and when you glean the important sections to include in your memoirs, it will prove just as fascinating for your readers.

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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!