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Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Reading Memoirs? Speed Reading Classes Couldn’t Hurt!

Take classes with Iris Reading to learn to read faster.
Reading Memoirs? Speed Reading Classes Couldn’t Hurt!
If you follow us on Twitter (twitter.com), you’ll see that today we suggest taking a speed reading course to help you zip through all of those memoirs you’re reading as you write your own. A lot of people think speed reading is a bunch of “malarky,??? as we used to say.
Full disclaimer: I used to teach speed reading with the company I recommend, Iris Reading (irisreading.com). I’m not currently associated with the firm, but I learned a lot by going through the training and watching how the course improved people’s reading habits. I now do read faster than I did before I became involved with it. Everyone can speed up a little or temporarily, and if you continue to practice the methods you can permanently cut your reading time significantly.
The key is to silence the little voice in your head as you read. You still see every word, but instead of hearing each word you have to let your brain recognize the words almost as you would recognize a face. Sometimes it’s fun to read slowly and really savor a book—I hope people do that with your autobiography when you complete it! But, typically, we read in order to gather information as quickly as possible. Don’t fall for any company’s claim that you can learn to read 10,000 words per minute. Iris sets realistic goals and holds affordable classes all over the country. Can’t hurt to try!

If you follow us on Twitter (twitter.com), you’ll see that today we suggest taking a speed reading course to help you zip through all of those memoirs you’re reading as you write your own. A lot of people think speed reading is a bunch of “malarky,??? as we used to say.

Full disclaimer: I used to teach speed reading with the company I recommend, Iris Reading (irisreading.com). I’m not currently associated with the firm, but I learned a lot by going through the training and watching how the course improved people’s reading habits. I now do read faster than I did before I became involved with it. Everyone can speed up a little or temporarily, and if you continue to practice the methods you can permanently cut your reading time significantly.

The key is to silence the little voice in your head as you read. You still see every word, but instead of hearing each word you have to let your brain recognize the words almost as you would recognize a face. Sometimes it’s fun to read slowly and really savor a book—I hope people do that with your autobiography when you complete it! But, typically, we read in order to gather information as quickly as possible. Don’t fall for any company’s claim that you can learn to read 10,000 words per minute. Iris sets realistic goals and holds affordable classes all over the country. Can’t hurt to try!

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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!