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You start with a burst of writing motivation. You are super energized!

“By gosh, this memoir is going to get written and it’s going to be good!” you tell yourself. And the writing flows for the first while. Your writing motivation remains high. You write regularly and you think about how to make your memoir better and better. At last, you feel like you are a “real writer!” Then…

A day—or two or three—goes by without any writing. Then that “not writing” repeats itself the next week.

“But that’s ok,” you tell yourself . “I’m just taking a few days off.” But…

The few days off eventually become many days off and the memoir begins to seem a bit less interesting.

You realize you aren’t making much progress. Your writing motivation is on the wane. You ask yourself…

“Is this really worth my time to write?”

You have entered a dangerous path! It leads to quitting.

Don’t.

Below are articles whose goal is to help you to sustain your writing motivation for the long run of creating a memoir.

No one said it was going to be easy—just that you can do it. The fact is…

Many people just like you have written interesting and meaningful memoirs and so can you.

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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 Memoir – 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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How to Write a Memoir – 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 […]

Applying Denis Ledoux’s Motivation Technique

Using a Motivation Technique The Memoir Network was pleased to receive this answer from blog reader Justine Kuntz in response to Denis Ledoux’s article titled “Motivation Technique for Writing:” In the spring of 2012 I decided to do what you have suggested in your entry titled “Motivation Technique for Writing.” I had concluded a memoir […]

Sunday School Money

It just wasn’t fair! Everyone else at Sunday School had something to spend at the corner dairy afterwards and would saunter home licking a delicious ice-cream or chocolate chew bar. We Thomsons weren’t allowed to buy sweet things…

Pam Bell

Pam Bell — What Motivates Me to Write?

The simplest answer is that I’ve always loved to write, and lacking the creativity to write fiction, or the tenacity to research subjects for non-fiction, I write about what I know…

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