Yay Neil! Good luck—and keep me posted! This story happened when I was in college and met the girl who became my wife.
The time was filled with heavy emotion because I also stood at a crossroads. And so did she. Shannon thank you for this brilliant post and extremely excellent timing!
Ohhh Gail! Well done. So happy you found the inspiration to finish up. This is such a great article and with tons of nuggets. Loved it and learned a thing or two as well. Thank you Shannon for your sage advice. I appreciate what you say about creating a story with arc and viewing the people in the memoir as characters. Now I realize that I have 3 distinct events that happened in my life to shape me and I look forward to gearing my memoirs towards that goal. Your advice opened my eyes to the possibilities…. Hey Faith. Yes, go for the sliver method. I started working with a memoir writer today and once we narrowed the focus to overarching theme, it was much easier to find the slivers that fit that theme.
Good luck! Thanks for the helpful article. I have been hired to write the story of a 95 year-old woman. Her children approached me to do this, but she is excited about it and looking forward to seeing the book. I guess it will be more of a biography than a memoir, but I want to include stories written as scenes, with details to keep it interesting. Hi Carolyn! Have you read this book? You might want to snag a copy and study the organization! Thank you Shannon for the great article! Most of my recent exploration into writing has been in blog format, specifically regarding grief and loss, and I would really like to begin writing about the happier times, and I believe a memoir is the way to begin.
Mike—what a great idea for a memoir. I think that if you think about the theme of the book, and then relate the stories to that theme, you will be just fine. As yourself, what do I want my readers to walk away knowing when they close the book? That is the theme, and then pick the bits and pieces that fit to that theme.
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Sound good? Hey Wendy, I hear ya. But to get all that off my chest and into something I am now proud of is key! When I work with my memoir writers, we talk about the emotions, and ways of handling them and dealing with them as we write.lioclathludustclin.tk
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I can relate so much wendy. On my good days I dont want to go down into the depths of pain! But on the other hand I know I am compelled to write this story. Your article has certainly ignited some ideas in my mind…. Thank you, Shannon, for this insightful advice. This is working for me. What a smart friend you have! Shannon — super great post, thanks! Insightful and actionable. Where it all started.. Hi Nicki! Such a very important topic indeed. Be sure you have a content strategy to get the word out.
I have seen my book and podcast explode the past two months because I followed a content strategy one I developed and have stuck to it. Authors are brands too! Hi shannon , I m kalyani , wanting to write a book for past 30 yrs and never gettinb down to it thinking who will want to read a story of my life , a memoir so to speak. But after reading a few of them above , with ur encouragement , I m beginning to get an idea i think lol.
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Thank u. Thank you ever so much Shannon, this is a brilliant and very helpful post, I am just an aspiring writer I am no where near writing a memoir yet but I decided to blog. I have two blogs one where I share my daily life experiences and encounters whose address I have put above. The other is about the breakdown of my marriage whose address is december18blog. I am certainly going to take your advice and make my blogs authentic and help my viewers to get to know me and my life story. Thank you once again. Mabel, blogging is a super way to start a book.
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The more REAL you can be, the more people will engage with you and trust you. Hi Shanon, Thank you for giving the link to your talk on you tube which makes very interesting listening. I have considered all you have said about writing a memoir and am currently deciding what my focus is going to be.
Hi Mabel, was reading your blog at work. I was about to ask you this question: Did your Ex tried to apologize for his behavior or he just left you in this situation? Apart from cheating you, what else was the major cause of your divorce? I have been meaning to write my memoir for several years now in hopes to find some healing in the loss of my 19 year old daughter while she was in the Air Force.
It has been to scary because of the pain whenever I think about it. Your ideas are well stated and clearly stated and give me some direction where I think it is now time to sit down and write this. Hey Michelle. So sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. Writing memoir can be painful, but the end result is that it will impact so me—it will be powerful! I am happy you found some clarity and inspiration. Fantastic article! I just finished a business book, my first, 20 years in the making.
As I read I imagined myself writing a memoir about the journey.
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Yes, I have written my memoir and interestingly enough, it appears as if I have captured what you recommended in your article. Confirms I am on target. You can find a short recap of my book on BooksDaily. I am currently working on a memoir, which I hope to have published in a month or two. This is great advice. Hey Marilyn! Keep writing—and please shoot me an email email at back of my book when you are doing reading my memoir.
Would love to hear your thoughts. I think it is best to start out with a theme for the memoir, Chris. And this helps pull all the pieces together. Narrow focus and relating to audience are certainly key. And I love to read memoirs that include interesting details not only the sequence of what happened to the person I read about.
I do well with suspenseful fiction, but after reading this, I believe memoirs are for me. I have a story to tell, I do.