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Writing a Memoir

The Incredible Epiphany I Had Just Before My 51st Birthday

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 11.24.2012 | Gay 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?