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You can now access our best memoir-writing blog articles as YouTube videos. These videos bring you the most read and the most important posts on our site’s blog archives.

A different medium

Many people learn well—and perhaps best—when accessing information both in writing and by listening. For these writers, our YouTube videos in the Memoir Channel are an excellent learning vehicle.

Others find that using YouTube videos as a review is what works well for them. Each of us has to review material many times before we really master it. Our YouTube channel not only contains videos and the spoken word but also contains links to the print article. Now that’s an opportunity to review material many times.

Still others listen to posts of YouTube videos as their primary source of information as they do mindless chores at home or while driving. It’s part of their Automobile University curriculum—and it can be part of yours, too!

What we have included so far

In this “YouTube Videos” category, we include a number  of our best blog articles—that is, the most read. (As far as we are concerned, all our posts are “best blog articles!”)

These videos we feature do not have an organizing theme other than they are among the most read and the most important to helping people. It’s reasonable to presume, moreover, that you, as our other readers, will find these YouTube videos very useful.

In conclusion

Once you are on YouTube, please “like” the post. This will give both the post and the YouTube Memoir Channel ranking. This ranking will lead to more people viewing the posts as YouTube moves them up in its listing.

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Why we write stories that fascinate us

Why we write stories that fascinate us

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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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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Work With or Through Pain: Writing Painful Memories

In this video, Work With or Through Pain: Writing Through Painful Memories, I talk about writing through painful memories. Pain is often a barrier to memoir writing. Who wants to revisit difficult times? Although delving into the past is a generally pleasant experience and promotes healing and growth, it can also be painful.

First paragraph

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

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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your life as a myth

How to Write Your Personal Myth Into Your Memoir Part 1

Your life as a myth–is your life determine by the myths you live by? Myths are the stories we create to express how we perceive the world and life. How we live our lives is determined by the myths we live by, but our lives also reveal our myths to ourselves and to the world.

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Best Ways to Promote Your Book

Once you have diligently followed the suggestions for publishing your book and your book is published, it’s time to enjoy being a “famous author” and start promoting your book.

Two ways to do that that come readily to mind are doing a book launch party and securing as many readings of your memoir as possible in a public setting. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Sending Your Self-Published Book Out Into the World

You’ve been writing for a long while. Your book has been edited professionally. You are ready to get your independently-published book into your readers’ hands. Let’s explore and execute options for packaging and printing your memoir. 

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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