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For many new writers, the excitement of conceiving a memoir—you are excited by the thought of how good this memoir is going to be—is followed by the challenge of actually getting started with the writing.

A let down sets in. You’ve never written a memoir before. Where do you start writing a memoir and how do you keep going?

In this section, we offer you some conceptual and hands-on suggestions for you to start writing a memoir well so that you keep writing to the end.

Many people just like you have succeeded at what you propose to do. You, too, can succeed at getting started writing an interesting and meaningful memoir.

November Is Memoir Writing Month

November 3 Activity: Let Go of Having to Write Deathless Prose on Your First draft

In this post, you’ll learn how to let go of deathless prose in your first draft.  November is Memoir Writing Month is a good time to let go of the perfectionism that keeps you from writing. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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November Is Memoir Writing Month

November 1st: November Is Memoir Writing Month Kick-off

Thanks for registering for the November Is Memoir Writing Month. It shows that you are serious about writing and finishing your memoir.

During this month, you will be possible for you to:

  • get a quick start on your memoir during November Is Memoir Writing Month. It’s possible to generate a large part—even all—of the first draft of the memoir you have been dreaming of writing in a month’s time.
  •  make serious progress in picking up a memoir that has been stalled and making serious progress towards completing it.
  • finish a memoir that is so close to the end but for which you have lost some of your energy.

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8 Tips for a Fast Way to Start Writing Your Memoir  

To help you to get a fast start writing and to write your memoirs more prolifically–and even bring them to a finish in the form of a published memoir–I offer these eight suggestions. They are tried and true tips that bear repeating and repeating.

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You Need Formal Research

Interviewing family members and friends is clearly a form of research, but interviews alone are usually not enough to give your stories the depth they require. For that, you need formal research.

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Distance Learning: A Precious Opportunity

For most emerging writers, enrolling in a distance learning program is an exciting experience. At long last, for a period of time that is long enough to make a difference, you give yourself the opportunity to immerse yourself in learning the “best practices” of the writing craft that you has been so wanting to learn for a long time. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Scope: What's Right for You?

Scope: What’s Right for You?

Scope: What’s Right for You?

In this video, Scope: What’s Right for You?, I ask how much time and energy are you willing to give to writing your memoir? The more honest and insightful you are in answering this question, the more pleasure you will derive from your writing and the greater the satisfaction you will find in preserving your stories. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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How to be a Better Storyteller

In this YouTube video on how to be a better storyteller, I share with you how you can learn to make effective use of a variety of technical skills to shape successful lifestories.

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Why we write stories

Why we write stories

In the following YouTube video to which I will send you shortly, I write about why stories fascinate us all our lives. As children, we love to listen to bedtime stories. As we grow older, we tell our own stories about what happened at school or at our after-school job. As adults, we often speak in stories and consume stories in the form of novels, movies, TV dramas and conversations at the grocery store as we wait in line. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Writing a Non-Fiction Book

Writing a non-fiction book is possible!

A common lament, I hear from writers goes like this, “I wanted a book, and I got off to a good start writing a memoir. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but then I just stopped. I don’t know why.” [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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6 Easy Steps to Creating a Book of Memoirs

Celebrating and honoring your life by remembering and writing both big and small stories is very rewarding. It is a significant way to understand your life and to come to peace with it. Your memoirs are a legacy your family will treasure for generations–don’t you wish your grandparents had written their memoirs? Follow these simple […]

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