Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

For Easter, Go On a Memory Egg Hunt

Here’s a riddle for you: How is Easter Day like a memoir? There’s an egg hunt for both. On Easter Sunday, children go, baskets in hand, into fields, backyards, playgrounds and urban settings to search for colorful eggs hidden by, they’re typically told, the Easter Bunny. When you write a memoir, your field is your own mind as you explore to find the eggs—the memory nuggets of stories that will fill your basket—er, book.

Like the Easter eggs, each of your stories is different and colorful! Some are fancy, and some are plain. Some are dark, and some are light. Some are somber, and some are playful. You fill your basket with one egg at a time—write out each story as it appears in your mind’s eye. Notice the colors and design. Pick it up and see how heavy it is. Roll it and see where it goes. Observe how others interact with it.

This analogy helps you to see that, like a basket of distinct eggs, your memoir comprises stories that can stand alone but also complement each other when gathered together. You can understand that it doesn’t matter whether the basket is large or small—or whether your memoir is long or short. There isn’t a predetermined place to stop gathering eggs or writing chapters. But eventually either all the eggs will have been grabbed up, or the ones that are left will be too obscure to be found. You’ll have enough to tell the stories that fit best into your memoir, and you’ll be satisfied that each one is tucked into place and ready to be presented.


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!