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Of the hundreds of blog posts on the Memoir Writer’s Blog—almost 500 to be exact as of the end of 2016—some have proven to be favorites. Below are those articles in 2016 which ranked in the top-ten most-visited posts.

We hope you enjoy reading—and benefit from—this year’s best memoir writing posts as much as our other writers have. Be sure to check out last year’s, too. And…

Once you have read them, why not go on to read the other hundreds of posts? They are free and they are laser focused. Your memoir readers will thank you for taking your writing seriously enough to study the process to become the best writer you can be.

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Better Than Writing Prompts – Five Tips for Creating a Memory List

People who are writing a memoir will sometimes say, “I want to write my stories but I have forgotten so many details. Is there any way I can get them back? Should I use writing prompts?”

There is one tool above all others that makes the experience of life writing successful. That tool is not a writing prompt: it is the Memory List. No other exercise opens up the process of life writing as quickly and as surely as the thoughtful and thorough compilation of such a list. It’s simple, and as a first step, it’s crucial.

Let me tell you about the Memory List (a general term for your list of memories).

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How to Organize Your Memoir: Four Ways

Do You Wonder How to Organize Your Memoir?

Eventually, after you have written awhile, you will likely have amassed a number of vignettes, story segments, and stories and wonder about how to best organize them into a coherent and interesting memoir. You will likely want to make a statement, o create a bigger picture of your story.

How will you do it? Well, one answer is that you will do it by how you organize your story. Below are four ideas to organize your memoir.

Remember: These suggestions do not refer to the sequence in which the stories are written but rather to how they can be ordered after they have been written.

Here are four ways you can organize your memoir.

1) Chronology

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The First Paragraph Can Make or Break a Memoir for the Reader

Is the first paragraph of a memoir really important?

Writers sometimes struggle with how to begin a story and will not write the story until they have the beginning—the first paragraph.

This is not a good way to proceed.

The first paragraph of a memoir sets the tone.

The first paragraph creates the tone and often presents imagery that will shape the reader’s appreciation of your story—whether a vignette or a full memoir.

In a short story I wrote many years ago, I did not compose the first paragraph until I had written the whole story. Frankly, I was stumped and did not know how to begin the story, how to launch the  reader.

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Memoir Ghostwriting – How Much Does a Memoir Cost?

Memoir Ghostwriting

Working with a memoir ghostwriter is a viable option if you choose not to write your memoir yourself. Depending on the length of your memoir, it may take months and even years to complete your book. Understandably, people want to know how much memoir ghostwriting will cost. Here are a few considerations for you to ponder over as you assess how much a co-author might cost.

1. Asking “How much will it cost to have my memoir ghostwritten?” is like asking “How long will it take to cross the lake?”

Many factors will affect the time required for a crossing: the wind, the distance from one shore to the other, the design of the boat itself, the number of people on the boat, whether or not you wish to cross directly or whether you would like to make a few forays into coves and inlets.

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