Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Your Memoir Can Become a Valuable Artifact

When writing your memoir, include memories of the town you lived in and the broader events of the time.
Your Memoir Can Become a Valuable Artifact
You’re probably writing your memoir in order to provide your family with a written account of your life, which is part of their own personal history. Or you may hope to sell the memoir and make money, or to get it into stores and libraries so that it has a wider impact and people who’ve met the same challenges will have a voice. Either way, please also consider donating your memoir to the local historical society where you grew up or may still be living.
With that in mind, include memories of your surroundings and the events that shaped not only your life but the lives of those around you. Perhaps you witnessed a town’s only tornado, its big earthquake or the “snowstorm of the century.??? Maybe you remember the business district when it had just a handful of merchants, or you can picture farmland where a highway now runs. A colorful civic leader or resident may have made an impact on you. When you learned to drive, how much did it cost to fill up the tank at the gas station that still sits on the corner?
Your life represents a moment in time that we’ll never get back. The era’s good and bad are all worth documenting. As you write about your individual experiences, don’t forget that you’re part of a generation, a member of a society and a writer who has a fascinating story to tell not just about yourself, but about life as we knew it.

You’re probably writing your memoir in order to provide your family with a written account of your life, which is part of their own personal history. Or you may hope to sell the memoir and make money, or to get it into stores and libraries so that it has a wider impact and people who’ve met the same challenges will have a voice. Either way, please also consider donating your memoir to the local historical society where you grew up or may still be living.

With that in mind, include memories of your surroundings and the events that shaped not only your life but the lives of those around you. Perhaps you witnessed a town’s only tornado, its big earthquake or the “snowstorm of the century.??? Maybe you remember the business district when it had just a handful of merchants, or you can picture farmland where a highway now runs. A colorful civic leader or resident may have made an impact on you. When you learned to drive, how much did it cost to fill up the tank at the gas station that still sits on the corner?

Your life represents a moment in time that we’ll never get back. The era’s good and bad are all worth documenting. As you write about your individual experiences, don’t forget that you’re part of a generation, a member of a society and a writer who has a fascinating story to tell not just about yourself, but about life as we knew it.

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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!