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Writing a Memoir

5 Signs You Should Invest in a Memoir Coach

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

Writing a memoir can be very challenging. Besides all that goes with the writing process of getting your story down on paper, there are also challenges such as where to start your story, how to tell your story in an engaging way, and which writing techniques to use so you can express yourself effectively.

Build Your Business With a Memoir

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.10.2015 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

It's a new year and that means everyone seems to be raring and ready to go with big goals and high aspirations! I love this type of energy that is flying around right now, and I've spoken to a lot of business owners who have "write a book" on their lists for 2015.

9 Tips for Dealing with the Emotions When Writing a Memoir

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

Due to the emotions that emerge in memoir writing, it is often necessary that the writer understand how to navigate and conquer the writing process, in spite of the added element of being taken for a ride on an emotional roller coaster each time one sits down to write.

Why My Anger Turned To Sadness When I Took A Closer Look At My Parents' Lives

Posted 09.10.2014 | OWN

There is no better season for losing yourself in someone else's past. Author Gary Shteyngart on the perils and pleasures of plundering the secrets of ...

The Incredible Epiphany I Had Just Before My 51st Birthday

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Annie L. Scholl

That epiphany came on a walk just before my 51st birthday in mid May. In my mind I was ranting about how someone I knew kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result. I was perched high on my soapbox, having a good ol' internal harangue and feeling quite smug, when I heard that still, small voice that thinks it knows everything.

The First 3 Steps To Writing Your Life Story

Posted 06.30.2014 | OWN

These quick, one-time-only exercises can teach us about ourselves and what we want—and how we can tell our story. The bonus? You might just end up w...

The Deep End

Jamie Krug | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

There is no second chance for missed opportunities to watch your children growing up. To hold their little hand in yours, to break up brother/sister fights. To listen to silly made-up songs.

Taming Those First Book Jitters

Maureen Anderson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Books
Maureen Anderson

Congratulations. You got a book contract! Now it's time to finish the manuscript. Are you frozen with fear, wondering if you're up to the task? That, in my opinion, is a great place to be.

4 New Year's Resolutions for Memoirists

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

Want to finish and publish your memoir this year? Here are four resolutions to knock your writing up a level to create a memoir of enduring value that readers want to read and publishers will want to buy.

Scattered: How My Memoir Went From Proposal to Paperback

Justine Hope Blau | Posted 12.31.2012 | Books
Justine Hope Blau

After nine years, while working full time and raising two kids, I finally had the book in my hands. I was driven to write the story of my childhood -- a life with my beautiful, smart and crazy mother and two older brothers in 23 New York City hotels and apartments.

Do We Need Another Memoir?

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Levithan

I have a tale to tell. Although I am not singular, there are not many of us left who went all the way to AIDS and came back whole. I am an AIDS elder. I hold my story and the story of a generation who lived and died in an unprecedented era of plague.

What Makes a Memoir 'Great?'

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

How can you make your memoir compelling? Find something unique about your narrative and focus the book around that instead of navel gazing about your first dog, your last lover, etc.

What Makes for a Great Memoir?

Arielle Ford | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

Are memoirs fact, fiction, or a combination of both? It depends on how seriously you want to take them.

Who Gets to Write a Memoir?

Michele Willens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michele Willens

At a time when tweets alert us to one's trip to the restroom, is it any surprise that everyone thinks his or her life is worthy of a self-told tale?