Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

You May Live On Digitally

Think about the digital record of your life you’ll be leaving when you die.

Publishing a memoir is one way to create a record of your life that lives on after you die. For many people, that’s the main motivation for writing one. Now consider this: you’re also creating a record, and possibly a less deliberate one, if you’re involved with social media. Every time you update your Facebook status or issue a tweet on Twitter, you’re leaving a written account of a piece of your life. Emails contribute to this, too.

Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of mashable.com, takes a closer look at the possibilities of the digital afterlife on a ted.com post. He speculates that people who miss you ultimately may be able interact with a hologram of you that communicates thoughts developed through a computer-generated guess at what you might say next based on what you’ve posted and tweeted in the past.

By that time, of course, it will all be out of your control. Such futuristic possibilities provide an even more compelling reason to write a memoir that you craft with purpose. Your own written account of your life will stand as a sort of “last word” on what you wanted to say and, ultimately, how you wanted to be remembered. It trumps a tweet that you may have issued in an emotional moment. So continue writing your memoir! Still, it’s interesting to contemplate what else will represent your life in years to come.

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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!