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“I’m writing but I don’t have much of a sense that I’m on the way to finishing my memoir,” you lament.

On this bog, there are many posts that advocate lingering with your writing and with taking the time it takes. The process of writing is usually not best done when it is rushed. The advice to linger is good because too many memoirs are ruined by a “rush job.” But…

The opposite of lingering is also true.You must focus on finishing your memoir—or else you will continue to write for years to come. Writing is great, but you need to move on to the rest of your life at some point. You have to write to the end and then publish your book

If you are sincere about “finishing my memoir.” the posts below will suggest a number of “rules” to follow to expedite the matter.

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3 Tips to Revive and Finish a Memoir—Without Eviscerating Yourself

All of us struggle to some extent to produce writing content that will finish a memoir. Writing is often difficult. It takes time and energy—both of which the laws of entropy suggest we ought to preserve as they are constantly being diminished.

We find many compelling and valid reasons not to write: “the house is a mess”; “I ought to go to the gym while there aren’t many people there”; “my sister and I haven’t talked in a long time.”

Of course, all of these reasons are valid but, ultimately, they are all excuses. So… [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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9 Ideas to Help You Finish Your Memoir

When your writing is stalled and you find it difficult to finish your memoir, turn to your writing journal for help. The following are suggestions for what you might ask yourself in your writing journal. They are taken from the How to Write to the End—Eight Strategies to Deal With Writer’s Block, a book on successfully dealing with writer’s block. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Work of Writing a Memoir

How to pick up and finish your memoir at last

 

Are you wanting to finish your memoir? How do you pick it up and finish a memoir that you started some time ago?
 
There are writers who stop writing and then do not know how to re-connect to the writing life. Writers who have stopped writing may want to write again, to pick up their memoir, but what has happened is that the train of thought, the feeling, and the sensibility that went into the creation of those previously-written stories have now been lost. They are no longer in that realm where writing a memoir is something they can do easily.
 
The source of their inspiration has dried up.

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