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You have had an interesting professional life that deserves a memoir, and you would like—actually feel the need—to write your professional memoir, to leave a statement of your experience.

Your hope is not to produce a how-to career-development book although you can see that a reader would find inspiration and ideas for emulating your success. No, you are planning to leave a record of your life, not so much to flaunt all you have accomplished but to share your experience with the world and perhaps to review how your career and influences shaped you.

While this is not a how-to book you have in mind, you want a book that will:

  • mentor young people at the start of their educations or careers.
  • help older readers to reflect on their own experience which may be coming to a closure of some sort.
  • celebrate all the wonderful people who helped you through your life’s journey. No one makes life’s journey alone.
  • create order in your own thinking about the trajectory you have taken.
  • serve to launch you into new phase of your life—whether personal or professional. Writing a memoir is something of a life review!

Write a professional memoir as the folks below did.

Below are posts by professionals who have had interesting careers that took them to positions of influence and to places around the world that they had not dreamed of as young people. Links to their books are available in the articles.

If you would like to explore writing our own book, to examine and record your experience, click here for more info to write your Professional Memoir.

If your experience is more that of a business person rather than that of a professional, we have much to share with you. Click her to be brought to our Business Memoir webpage or our business memoir category.

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Working in Saudi Arabia

DL: The following is a guest post by a write who co-incidently bears the family name of Guest—Colin  Guest. It presents his first days working in Saudi Arabia. The excerpt is form Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps / The Memoirs of a Serial Expat. Click here to learn how you, too, can send a guest post in to us.

On my arrival at Jeddah Airport, now called the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Harold was there to meet me. As it was lunchtime by the time we arrived on site, Harold took me straight to the canteen. As we walked in, I noticed two seated English guys having lunch. On seeing me walk in, one looked up.

“Do you have my passport?” he asked. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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From the Memoir Writer’s Experience

Congratulations to author Dennis Blue! He has received the 2019 Christian Indie Award in the business category for Through the Eyes of a Fisherman. Dennis is truly one of those authors who is a pleasure to work with. He brought much thoughtfulness to bear on his task and we are so proud to see his efforts rewarded. His memoir writer’s experience is something I would like to share.

I recently had the opportunity to interview him about his experience writing his recent books, Running the Good Race and Through the Eyes of a Fisherman – DL

Talking with Dennis Blue about his writing

Denis Ledoux: Can you tell our readers what your book is about and why you were impelled to write your book? What was driving you to spend the time, energy and money to get this book out into the world?

Dennis Blue: My first book, Running the Good Race, is about growing up on a farm and learning religious values, my thirty years with Ford Motor Company, fourteen of which were living overseas and flying as a missionary pilot. My second book, Through the Eyes of a Fisherman, recounts my twenty-eight years as a charter captain, guiding fishing expeditions throughout the US and Central and South American while using my charter business as a ministry to witness to others about Christ.

DL: Can you tell us how long it took from the time you conceived the book to the time you had it published? How many years did you spend in active writing? Were there long breaks in between active writing periods? If so, what happened to get you writing again? [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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How to Write a Successful Memoir: With No Extraordinary Power

Mary Ellen Ellwell was a writing client with whom I especially enjoyed working. She brought to the relationship a sense of the value of collaboration. This made the time together a creative one for both of us. Below is her account of writing her book. Mary Ellen departed from the Q/A format but very smoothly […]

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