Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Memorable Memoir Titles

Name your autobiography something interesting that people will remember.
Memorable Memoir Titles
Let’s look at some titles that aren’t just of the “My Life” variety but truly reflect the personality of the author/subject. To capture humor, many people go for a pun. We’ve already covered a lot of those in a previous Write My Memoirs blog.
I know that you can come up with something catchy for your memoir, because some of the most famous titles are those of memoirs. Cheaper By the Dozen recounted Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.’s years growing up in a big family. The full title of Frank McCourt’s best-seller is Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir, even though people refer to it by only its first two words. The quintessential Holocaust story, Elie Wiesel’s Night, is autobiographical, as are Maya Angelou’s iconic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the newer Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The shortened titles of Barack Obama’s two autobiographical tomes, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope, already have become everyday phrases.
Your title does not have to be long. Even a one-word title can say a mouthful, previewing for the reader the key components of the contents. The currently popular Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and comedienne Tina Fey’s Bossypants are good examples. If you want to make sure people know that your work is autobiographical, you can tack on the explanation after a colon, as in Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Give it some thought! Your life deserves better than “My Life.”

Let’s look at some titles that aren’t just of the “My Life” variety but truly reflect the personality of the author/subject. To capture humor, many people go for a pun. We’ve already covered a lot of those in a previous Write My Memoirs blog.

I know that you can come up with something catchy for your memoir, because some of the most famous titles are those of memoirs. Cheaper By the Dozen recounted Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.’s years growing up in a big family. The full title of Frank McCourt’s best-seller is Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir, even though people refer to it by only its first two words. The quintessential Holocaust story, Elie Wiesel’s Night, is autobiographical, as are Maya Angelou’s iconic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and the newer Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The shortened titles of Barack Obama’s two autobiographical tomes, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope, already have become everyday phrases.

Your title does not have to be long. Even a one-word title can say a mouthful, previewing for the reader the key components of the contents. The currently popular Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and comedienne Tina Fey’s Bossypants are good examples. If you want to make sure people know that your work is autobiographical, you can tack on the explanation after a colon, as in Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Give it some thought! Your life deserves better than “My Life.”

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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!