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Motivation for writing isn’t always found so readily. Sometimes putting pen to paper and fingers to the keyboard requires a nudge.

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What makes you into a writer?

Does saying you are a writer make you into a writer? Well, of course, the answer is no. Not ipso facto. Thirty-five or so years ago when my wife said, “When people ask you what you do, why don’t you tell them you are a writer instead of telling them you are a teacher? You […]

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Stop Trying to Write Your Memoir

Are you a person who is trying to write your memoir or are you a person who is writing it? Your family will likely be left without your memoir if what you do is “try to write a memoir.” This post is full of ideas for going from trying to write to writing.

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Who Cares About My Memoir?

Have you ever asked, “Who cares about my memoir?” A perennial, and perhaps inherent, challenge every memoir writer faces is that of audience. Specifically, every writer is saddled with the incapacitating doubt that there is an audience for his/her memoir.

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Is a Memoir Hard to Write—Yes, but You Can Do It!

A Memoir Can Be Hard to Write —But You Can Do It! Sometimes at the beginning of a workshop or of coaching relationship, people ask whether writing a memoir going to be hard. The short—but possibly intimidating—answer is: yes! The longer and more encouraging answer is: Yes, but you can do it!

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Is Your Memoir Worth the Time to Write?

“Worth the time to write?” I repeated—raising my voice into a question—when a man said Denis Ledouxto me at a conference where I was speaking that most people didn’t have a memoir that was worth their time to write. “Not only is every life worth writing about,” I countered, “but the writing of a memoir […]

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How to Write a Book – An Interview with Libby Atwater, Part 2

Here’s the second half of my recent discussion with Libby Atwater who began telling people’s stories professionally after a career in education. As a writer and editor, she has worked for individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, universities, and community newspapers. Tales from her life have been published in several anthologies. Her memoir What Lies Within covers […]

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How to Write a Book – An Interview with Libby Atwater, Part 1

Here’s a recent discussion we had with Libby Atwater who began telling people’s stories professionally after a career in education. As a writer and editor, she has worked for individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, universities, and community newspapers. Tales from her life have been published in several anthologies. Her memoir What Lies Within covers her first […]

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Perseverance is the only want to finish a memoir.

How to Pick up Your Memoir Writing Again When You’ve Slacked Off?

How do you pick up your memoir writing again?

If you have stopped writing because of a holiday, a vacation, an illness, or lassitude (read: “It’s too hard! I want it to be easy!”), make today—now—be the time you pick up your memoir writing again and write to the end.

Like all long-term projects

Many things happen to long-term projects to put them on hold. Being on hold can only last a while—then, it’s time to get going again. Like people who leave their Christmas trees up until February (one year, as I drove by a house on February 1, I saw a tree lit up in the corner of a living room!), life writers sometimes put off coming to terms with their writing breaks so that the down time lasts and lasts.

It’s time to get back to writing. Pick up your memoir writing today.

What’s stopping you? Here are five practical hands-on suggestions that my help you to pick up your memoir writing without delay.

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Family myths figures prominently in a memoir.

Use an archetype of your experience to revive your memoir

Can an archetype of your experience refocus your memoir?

“My memoir writing has grown tedious,” you bemoan. “I thought what I was writing about was exciting when I began writing. It was exciting then. I could remember so much of what happened. It was compelling. And now as the time I lived this experience recedes into the past, as the vivid memories become less vivid, I am finding it hard to continue to write. Should I give up?”

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