Memoirs Keep Your Memories Alive

Memoirs Keep Your Memories Alive
“Too often memories die with their owner, and too often time surprises us by running out.”
With this last installment of our summer-long series discussing William Zinsser’s essay, “How to Write a Memoir,” I want to focus just on that sentence, which may be the most pivotal thought in the essay. Life goes by quickly. One day you’re busy establishing your career, raising a family, enjoying your mid-life routine, and in no time all of that is in the past. By then you’re busy with other things—grandchildren, hobbies, perhaps still working—and you still have no solid blocks of time to sit down and write a memoir.
But the alternative to not finding the time to write a memoir is that you never write one, and all of those experiences you lived and emotions you felt never make their way out of your head to inspire the generations that follow. Even for your own benefit, you never take the opportunity to review your life in a substantive, organized way that can give you insight into the lessons you’ve learned and the contributions you’ve made just by living your life.
It does take a commitment—and, hardest of all, it takes getting started—to craft your story, something you can point to as your own tale of the little stories that combined to turn you into who you are today. Write your story before time runs out, before life writes your last chapter for you without having any input from the protagonist: you. Do it today.
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“Too often memories die with their owner, and too often time surprises us by running out.”

With this last installment of our summer-long series discussing William Zinsser’s essay, “How to Write a Memoir,” I want to focus just on that sentence, which may be the most pivotal thought in the essay. Life goes by quickly. One day you’re busy establishing your career, raising a family, enjoying your mid-life routine, and then you wake up and all of that is in the past. By then you’re busy with other things—grandchildren, hobbies, perhaps working—and you still have no solid blocks of time to sit down and write a memoir.

But the alternative to not finding the time to write a memoir is that you never write one, and all of those experiences you lived and emotions you felt never make their way out of your head to inspire and inform the generations that follow. You grow old never having taken the opportunity to review your life in a substantive, organized way that can give you insight into the lessons you’ve learned and the contributions you’ve made.

It does take a commitment—and, hardest of all, it takes getting started—to craft your story, something you can point to as your own perspective of the little chapters that combined to turn you into who you are today. Write your story before time runs out, before life writes your last chapter for you without having any input from the protagonist: you. Do it today.

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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 that extra 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. SCHEDULE A CALL TODAY if you’d like to talk about what’s right for you. One year from now, you can be holding your published memoir in your hand. And at that point, it will be a big deal!