Have You Tried to “Contact Us”?

Have You Tried to “Contact Us”?
We hope you’ve been enjoying the new features on WriteMyMemoirs. Please make sure to fill out the “interview” questions that provide an outline of the dates and events in your life story. Then as you write, you’ll be able to access hints to tickle your memory about what was going on in the world and in your life during the time period you’re addressing. We’re very proud of these capabilities!
We are still in the process of coordinating our pages and removing outdated material, so please bear with us! During this redesign, we also had a technological glitch that delayed our response to messages coming in through the “Contact Us” forms. We have it worked out now, and if you wrote to us in that manner you should have a reply by now. If not, we invite you to email us directly to:
support@writemymemoirs.com
Your communication is very important to us; we value every single one of our members and thank you for your patience. Please “like” us on Facebook, and feel free to open up a discussion on our Facebook page if you need help with writing concepts or motivation to keep plugging away at your memoir.

We hope you’ve been enjoying the new features on WriteMyMemoirs. Please make sure to fill out the “interview” questions that provide an outline of the dates and events in your life story. Then as you write, you’ll be able to access hints to tickle your memory about what was going on in the world and in your life during the time period you’re addressing. We’re very proud of these capabilities!

We are still in the process of coordinating our pages and removing outdated material, so please bear with us! During this redesign, we also had a technological glitch that delayed our response to messages coming in through the “Contact Us” forms. We have it worked out now, and if you wrote to us in that manner you should have a reply by now. If not, we invite you to email us directly to:

support@writemymemoirs.com

Your communication is very important to us; we value every single one of our members and thank you for your patience. Please “like” us on Facebook, and feel free to open up a discussion on our Facebook page if you need help with writing concepts or motivation to keep plugging away at your memoir.

A Common Question at Write My Memoirs

A Common Question at Write My Memoirs
All Write My Memoirs members should have received an email recently that lists some of the newer services we’ve added. If you need help writing your memoirs or if you’ve finished writing and you would like to publish your book, we now have both writing and publishing services available.
Our email prompted some members to write back to us, with one question consistently dominating our mailbox: “Why is this site free???? Perhaps people feel that there must be some catch. Why would we permit everyone and anyone to write a memoir on our site and use our own resources to keep it safe here, online, so that the writer can return to it day or night, month after month, no matter how long it takes to complete?
We answer every legitimate email we receive. In response to those who ask that question, we explain that the founder of Write My Memoirs was looking for a website to help him write his own life story. Not satisfied with the meager efforts available at the time, he launched writemymemoirs.com to help others who had the same goal in mind. So there’s no catch! Our new writing help and publishing services, which are fee-based, help us to maintain the rest of the site so that there’s never a charge to join, write a memoir and keep it online at Write My Memoirs.

All Write My Memoirs members should have received an email recently that lists some of the newer services we’ve added. If you need help writing your memoirs or if you’ve finished writing and you would like to publish your book, we now have both writing and publishing services available.

Our email prompted some members to write back to us, with one question consistently dominating our mailbox: “Why is this site free???? Perhaps people feel that there must be some catch. Why would we permit everyone and anyone to write a memoir on our site and use our resources to keep it safe here, online, so that the writer can return to it day or night, month after month, no matter how long it takes to complete?

We answer every legitimate email we receive. In response to those who ask that question, we explain that the founder of Write My Memoirs was looking for a website to help him write his own life story. Not satisfied with the meager efforts available at the time, he launched writemymemoirs.com to help others who had the same goal in mind. So there’s no catch! Our new writing help and publishing services, which are fee-based, help us to maintain the rest of the site so that there’s never a charge to join, write a memoir and keep it online at Write My Memoirs.

Cautionary Tale Reminds Everyone to “Sign Up Today!??? for WriteMyMemoirs

Here at WriteMyMemoirs (WMM), we received a frustrating email recently from someone who could not find any record of memoirs that she had written. Two weeks earlier she had replaced her computer with a newer model. Her work had been saved to that computer’s hard drive, and now she had no access to it. She believed that she also had kept her story on some website or other. Her hope was that the website she’d joined was WMM, although trying to sign in was proving futile.

Our internal investigation showed that she never did sign up with us or write her story here. Perhaps her memoirs are floating out in cyberspace somewhere; who knows? We named our site Write My Memoirs for a reason: it’s easy to remember. Put even just “write memoirs??? into the Google search engine, and our site comes up on the first page. Clearly, the way this emailer found us now to write to us was that the site is so readily traceable and available.

Membership on WMM is free, writing your life story here is free and saving it to your account to keep it safe is also free. We know how much time, energy and commitment it takes to write every page of a memoir, and sometimes you cannot recreate what you have researched and written. We feel so bad for our emailer and urge you to please sign up today so that you do not repeat her mistake and lose your memoirs!

Mark Mother’s Day With Memoirs-Related Gift

Moms are a huge part of our life story, and Mother’s Day, coming up this Sunday, tends to make us nostalgic about growing up with mom raising us. If you’re far away, you’ll probably send your mother a card, gift or flowers. If you live locally, you’re likely to invite her for dinner or take her out to dinner. WriteMyMemoirs would love to be part of your Mother’s Day celebration.

Your mother is probably just as nostalgic as you are, if not more. Why not show her how to sign up and join WriteMyMemoirs? Then show her how to start writing her memoirs, and after that she should find it easy to continue the process on her own. It’s special to give her the gift of your time to sit with her and show her how to navigate the website, and it’s even more special to tell her that you appreciate the effort she’ll make in writing down her personal history. I assure you that you’ll learn a lot about your mother from her memoirs.

Another approach would be to share with her your own goal of writing your memoirs. You could devote a chapter to your parents, or you could even dedicate your book to your mom. If, like me, your mother has passed on, a dedication is a great way to honor her. And if you’re the mom now? Completing your memoirs for your children to read will make a wonderful gift back to them!

What If You Want to Write a Non-Memoir?

Sometimes people ask me if it’s okay to use their WriteMyMemoirs account to write something other than a memoir. They may have in mind a short story, novel, essay, poem, biography of someone else, political commentary, history or random non-fiction book. So is it okay? Yes, it’s fine!

Our helpful hints on this site mostly address the particulars of recalling one’s life story, but some involve writing in general. For example, we mention some good habits to form in order to stay motivated to reach your writing goal. These apply to all types of writing. You want to be able to stick with a piece and see it through to the end.

You also can begin your work here by journaling—recording events that strike you in some way. I refer to a journal as a “diary for grownups.??? Having it online means you can write from wherever you are and keep it all in one place. As a collection, your journal entries may even become chapters in a type of memoir, perhaps focusing more on the current segment of your life than on tracing your entire life’s span. So please feel free to keep your writing safe here in our little writers’ haven, memoir or not. No matter what type of writing you’re doing, we’re happy to have you!

Find Write My Memoirs on Facebook!

Since we hope to reach everyone who needs help and motivation with the somewhat daunting task of writing a memoir, WriteMyMemoirs has just joined Facebook! We are a “fan page,??? which means you become our fans rather than our friends. In Facebook land, there’s a distinction.

What it means to our members is that you can easily talk to us and talk to each other. Post something on our wall! We will use that space to alert everyone when a new blog entry has been posted here on writemymemoirs.com, and we’ll keep up with other things relevant to writing an autobiography.

If you are not very familiar with Facebook, you might want to give it a try. Social networking sites like Facebook can be a great way to stay connected with friends and family members, particularly younger people. You can share photos, everyday thoughts and links to other Internet websites. As time goes on, perhaps our little memoir community will grow and we’ll have some good discussions going about writing, memories and life in general. See you over there!

The Obvious New Year’s Resolution: “Write My Memoirs???!

blog21Writing your memoirs is a great New Year’s resolution for 2010! If this is the first time you’ve been to our site, sign up today and get started! If you’re already a member but haven’t gotten much farther than naming your first chapter, make January 1 the first day of memoir writing. And if you have been making progress, set 2010 as your goal year for completing the work.

Goals and deadlines have been shown to be effective motivational tools for lots of things. And yet we know that New Year’s resolutions tend to fall off after the first few weeks. February often finds people back to eating too much, exercising too little and dropping whatever task they’d assigned themselves in the heat of the resolution-making moment.

The way to avoid this fate with writing your memoirs is to break down your big goal into smaller subgoals. By the end of January, have one really solid story written or, if you think you can handle it, a full chapter. Then set your February goal. Or decide that you must write one story a week, two stories a month or whatever pace fits your schedule. Then put it on your calendar, block out time in your datebook and talk about it to other people. All of those little efforts will serve to keep you motivated to continue, and by next year at this time you’ll have some memoirs to show for yourself!

How to Use the “Export/Publish??? Button on WriteMyMemoirs

blog14We’re delighted that many of our members write regularly and add to the stories that will ultimately form a complete memoir. However, I’d like to caution you about something that may be confusing a few of you.

To make sure you keep safely in your account each new entry you’ve written, you know to always remember to push the big red SAVE button at the bottom left of the writing box. We offer two other options as well: to transfer your work to your computer, and to share your work with other Write My Memoirs members. To perform either function, push the EXPORT/PUBLISH button. After that, you can identify which stories you want to export or publish. When you push EXPORT, you’ll have a short wait until the story is ready for you to download to your computer. Another link will appear with instructions to click it in order to complete the download. When you push PUBLISH, your work will be eligible for administrative approval (just a formality) to become available for others to view under our VIEW PUBLISHED STORIES tab at the top of the home page.

From time to find we find stories with no content waiting for our approval to publish. Obviously the author has pushed PUBLISH in error. We certainly don’t want to discourage you from choosing to share your life story online with our full membership; we just want to make sure that you truly intended to share the work, so please be careful!