Writing a memoir is not easy work—rewarding, fulfilling, satisfying but not easy. We’re pleased you have come to us. We are the memoir writing people and we can help you make your idea of a memoir into a book—sooner than you may think now. We’ve helped thousands of people just like you to write interesting and meaningful memoirs and we can help you, too.
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We are writers first and writing teachers, coaches and editors second. We’ve walked the walk. We love writing and we know the power of sharing stories. For the while you will be with us, we will show you how to live the writer’s life, which will make your writing easier.
We are intuitive and believe strongly that the process of writing requires not only accountability and goals but the freedom to linger and to spiral deep down over time into our memories. This is not a “how to can tomatoes” book you are writing.
We are students of psychology. Jung, in particular, fascinates us and we know there are deeper reasons behind the obvious reasons for the way things happen, for the life we have lived. Our memoir needs to take these deeper reasons, impulses, into account.
We are lovers of language. We have studied language and the creative process and we know how to create “just in time” learning for you.
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Finding ways to save on ghostwriting fees can be pressing when the story needs to be told but you have to cut costs. Hiring a ghostwriter (co-author) is, no questions about it, an expensive proposition.
There are ways, however, to cut the costs by doing some of the work yourself. Before doing that work, however, you would do well to…
Redundant word usage is rampant! As a writer, I am chagrined when words get misused and one particular miscreant is redundant word usage.
What Happens After a Book is Published?
As readers of this blog know, I recently published my mother’s memoir, We Were Not Spoiled. The book had been five years in the writing and had gone in and out of my focus. When I started to interview my mother and write the text, she had been participatory—but by nature she was not introspective so it was often hard to get her to draw conclusions. I would often make one for her and she would respond something like, “Well, of course, I felt that way. Wouldn’t you!” But, left to herself, she did not produce any wrap up statements: “This is what I think it meant.”
It was inevitable that I should write Aurore: My Franco-American Mother. From early childhood, I enjoyed my mother’s stories, visualizing the scenes as she talked about her family and the past. During my teen years, I thought my mother talked too much, repeating the same stories over and over again. Whenever she was on the phone, I would stop whatever I was doing so I could listen to her side of the conversation. And when, at thirteen or fourteen, I saw the movie, I Remember Mama, I started thinking about my own mother’s life as a movie—or a novel.
Do I Need A Ghostwriter?
You’ve lived a life which you feel merits a memoir. Perhaps you’ve risen from poverty to riches, or maybe you have done a first and you want people to know it was you, or you simply want to celebrate a lost world, a world that have since disappeared.
You try your hand at writing, but you realize that it is too difficult and that the learning curve is too steep. You may have begun to write and are lost in the shaping of an interesting memoir. (What does it mean to “shape” and “pace” a book?) Or, perhaps you could write the memoir but you are so busy with other things that you hardly have the time to devote to it.
Memoir writers—as all writers—work in isolation. When you join a memoir writing group—a forum, you not only get answers to persistent questions or reassurance to debilitating doubts, but you form community as you persist in the long, lonely task of writing.
The relationship you have with your ghostwriter or co-author is ultimately a working relationship. You can make it a success by applying these three suggestions.
You can avoid cliches and stereotypes. If you do not avoid cliches and stereotypes, you will undermine the unique and personal feel of your memoir. Cliches and stereotypes place people in often erroneous and certainly indefensible categories.
Many memoir writers are under the impression that you need to have an extensive vocabulary to write. An extensive vocabulary can only help you–if by “extensive” you mean many precise words, not just big ones.