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Your November Is Memoir-Writing Month Blog Posts

Below are the blog posts you have come here for in the November is Memoir-Writing Month Program which runs from November 1, 2020, to November 30, 2020.

Our November is Memoir-Writing Month archives will be updated daily and made available through each day in November Is Memoir-Writing Month.

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Each day, you will have access to a new post and an important resource for you to check out. Past articles will be available all month once they are published. Future articles will come to you one day at a time.

The process is something of a marathon, but you’ll be far ahead of the game if you implement: “Inch by inch, it’s a cinch; yard by yard, it’s hard.”

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While you’re here, why not also go to our overview of writing resources? It will direct you to the programs and materials—many of which are free—that you can most use at this time in your memoir-writing journey. (You will be surprised and delighted at how much we make available.)

Whatever you do today, write a bit on your memoir.

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November 30: Set a Timeline for Finishing Your Memoir

The use of a timeline for finishing your memoir will both speed up the writing process and assure that you complete your book. It is possible, of course, to choose to write a memoir so that it takes you forever to complete it. You can write when you feel like it for as long as you feel like it and get it done whenever you get it done. Too often, that’s NEVER! [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 29: How to Write an Introduction for a Memoir

The introduction for a memoir can be pivotal to your book. Do not omit to write an introduction to be placed before the first chapter of your book. The introduction lets fly a hook to get the reader caught so s/he reads on. In a bookstore, the introduction is often what the reader peruses. Online, the sample copy usually includes the introduction as a reading sample. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 28 Activity: Create Suspense and Foreshadowing in a Memoir

Suspense and foreshadowing in a memoir are important fiction techniques that you can use to keep the reader reading.  In an earlier post, I had written about the importance of plot in your memoir.  Plot is what happens in a story. For many readers, it is what keeps them a reading. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 27: Add Direct Dialog in a Memoir

Adding direct dialog in a memoir or indirect dialog–what’s the difference? There are two ways characters can speak in a story. One way is called direct dialog. When you write she asked, “How are you doing today?” you are using direct dialogue.  Direct dialogue requires quotation marks. When you use direct dialogue in a memoir you are saying this is actually what the speaker said. This is different from indirect dialog. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 26: Where Is the Hero’s Journey In Your Memoir?

Have you thought of yourself as being on the hero’s journey in your memoir? Perhaps you have never thought of yourself as a hero—but in fact, you are one. It is the energy of your hero’s journey that has impelled you to write a memoir. Every memoir tells the story of a hero’s journey. It is the story of how the main character (usually you) was beset by difficulties and has survived. In short, every memoir is necessarily a hero’s journey. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 25: Using Photos in Your Memoir

Are you using photos in your memoir as writing prompts? I have already written about how the memory is false, flattering, and faulty. I’ve also offered you one possibility for correcting this. That is the use of the memory list, the journal, and other artifacts. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 24: How To Find Stories Missing in Your Memoir

Are there stories missing in your memoir? In some way, writing a memoir is like organizing an anthology of stories. In the method that I teach in my workshops, tele-classes, and coaching, writers write stories as stories come to them. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 23: Listening to Your Memoir Yields Dividends

Listening to your memoir yields dividends. As writers, we have often experienced writing what we deem to be deathless prose. Later, perhaps a week or a month later, when we pick up our own manuscript again, we realize that our deathless prose is perhaps closer to deadly prose. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 22: The Power of Using Specific Words in A Memoir

Using specific words in a memoir enables you to write a story with details that establish character and setting. Concentrate on nouns and verbs and discard any adjectives or adverbs that aren’t specific to the description, and your memoir will pull your reader in. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November 21: Learn to Use Visualization In Your Memoir

You can use visualization in your memoir recall to write your memories in more detail.  There are powerful tools you can use to assist when you are visualizing.  When you learn to use visualization in addition to these tools, it can help you come up with more details for your memoir writing. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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