Find Your Story Write Your Memoir

Every person has a story to tell, but few beginners know how to uncover their story's narrative potential.

Author: Lynn C. Miller

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299293130

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Every person has a story to tell, but few beginners know how to uncover their story's narrative potential. And despite a growing interest among students and creative writers, few guides to the genre of memoirs and creative nonfiction highlight compelling storytelling strategies. Addressing this gap, authors Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook provide a compact, accessible guide to memoir writing that shows how an aspiring memoir writer can use storytelling tools and tactics borrowed from fiction to weave personal experiences into the shape of a story. Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir offers an overview of the building blocks of memoir writing. Individual chapters focus on key issues and challenges, such as the balance between the remembering narrator and the experiencing narrator, the capacity to honor the subjective voice, the occasion of telling (why does this narrator tell this story now?), creating an organically functional structure for a particular story, and taking the next steps with a written memoir. Drawing on their combined years of experience teaching memoir writing, authoring works of fiction and nonfiction, and working in autobiographical performance, Miller and Lenard-Cook provide a practical guide whose core philosophy is motivated by a key word: story. Bronze winner, Foreword Book of the Year, Writing Guides

You Should Really Write a Book

Even if you don't happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold—conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir—while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of ...

Author: Regina Brooks

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781250015662

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Even if you don't happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold—conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir—while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of your work. If you've ever been told that "You should really write a book" and you've decided to give it a try, this book is for you. It hones in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize, sell, and market their memoirs. Written especially for those who don't happen to be celebrities You Should Really Write a Book reveals why and how so many relatively unknown memoirists are making a name for themselves. With references to more than four hundred books and six memoir categories, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to write a commercially viable memoir in today's vastly changing publishing industry. The days are long gone when editors and agents were willing to take on a manuscript simply because it was based on a "good" idea or even because it was well written. With eyes focused on the bottom line, they now look for skilled and creative authors with an established audience, too. Brooks and Richardson use the latest social networking, marketing, and promotional trends and explain how to conceptualize and strategize campaigns that cause buzz, dramatically fueling word-of-mouth and attracting attention in the publishing world and beyond. Full of current examples and in-depth analysis, this guide explains what sells and why, teaches writers to think like publishers, and offers guidance on dealing with complicated emotions—essential tools for maximizing memoir success.

How to Write Your Memoirs

This guide will save you money as it shows you how to develop and write your own memoir. if you decide you do need to hire a ghostwriter later the instructions enclosed in the guide and workbook should decrease the cost of hiring a ...

Author: Johnny Ray

Publisher:

ISBN: 1940949319

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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HOW TO WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS A WORKBOOK AND GUIDE by JOHNNY RAY Award Winning Novelist And Professional Memoir Ghostwriter Do you have a legacy that needs to be preserved? Would you like to see your life told in the form of a novel? Or made into a movie? Making you both rich and Famous What words of wisdom do you want to leave for your family? Would you like to have your life's work validated? Or the record set straight? In Reality When will you write your memoirs? Tomorrow, or the next or . . . Written by master storyteller JOHNNY RAY this guide and workbook will lead you through the process of telling the story that must be told and can only be told by you. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE 1) An introduction to what is a memoir 2) How to get started 3) How to recall the memories that make up the pages of your life 4) Determining the main turning points in your life 5) How to stay focused on the main story 6) Deciding which characters to include or exclude 7) Doing research and fact checking 8) Determining the author's voice and point of view 9) Determining if the book should be factual or fiction 10) Determining the driving purpose behind writing the memoir 11) Determining who the intended reader is 12) Determining how open the author wishes to be 13) Showing versus telling 14) How to polish the memoir 15) How to find an agent or publisher 16) Other methods of getting published 17) How to hire a ghostwriter 18) A list of questions a ghostwriter will usually ask This guide and workbook will lead you through the steps to create your own memoir. A ghostwriter can cost you as much as $500 for even a short story type memoir to over $100,000 for a full length memoir. The consulting fee alone can run to as much as $500 per hour. This guide will save you money as it shows you how to develop and write your own memoir. if you decide you do need to hire a ghostwriter later the instructions enclosed in the guide and workbook should decrease the cost of hiring a ghostwriter by lowering the amount of time the ghostwriter has to spend in developing the story, saving you thousands of dollars.

Memoir Writing in 6 Easy Steps

The thought of writing personal or event memoirs often finds people OVERWHELMED by their personal attic full of memories. This book offers 6 easy steps to help sort out situations, conversations, conflicts, and secrets.

Author: Sue Roupp

Publisher: Henschelhaus Publishing, Incorporated

ISBN: 1595985603

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 90

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The thought of writing personal or event memoirs often finds people OVERWHELMED by their personal attic full of memories. This book offers 6 easy steps to help sort out situations, conversations, conflicts, and secrets. It provides an easy-to-use process to support you in creating your legacy. Recalling difficult, ordinary, and meaningful memories and putting pen to paper (or to computer) allows you to share your life with others. Somewhere in the world, someone will read about how you overcame adversity, succeeded in things large and small, and say, "I can get through what I am going through, too."

Life s Workbook

This book emphasizes the process of creating your memoirs.

Author: Charlotte Donaldson

Publisher:

ISBN: 0692870458

Category:

Page: 272

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This book emphasizes the process of creating your memoirs. This can help you turn writing and thinking about your life into an experience that has a new purpose. It is designed so you can write about one aspect of your life at a time, thus reducing the complexity and removing the stress of trying to create one long continuous story. You will find answers to question you never knew to ask. It is about your family history, social history, to share with your descendants and the world. Babette Jenny, PsyD says this, "As a clinical psychologist, I find this book very helpful for clients who seek a clearer sense of who they are and their personal life journey. It is very flexible and user friendly. This book can be approached from a variety of perspectives, whether it be photos and artwork, narratives, lists, or documents. It allows the user to work at their own pace, dipping in and out of memories, periods of time, events and emotion, gradually assembling a coherent whole that is the story of their life." By Wendy Comstock, ..".In addition to being a wonderful way for people to refelect on their past, this workbook is also an outstanding roadmap for younger people just starting their careers and families, reminding us that creating meaningful memoirs and recording them, in emotionally relevant ways is a wonderful way for people to connect across generations.. I envision lingering over this workbook for some time to come, reflecting, remembering, bridging significant memories, and making deeper meaning from the experiences in my life." Wendy Comstock, MD This book is divided into 100 topic with hundreds of questions, 26 A-Z tool sheets to ask about the factual info of your life and then a life calendar you fill in.

Good Times with Old Times

This book is intended for the person who may never have written anything beyond letters to family and friends, but who would like to capture the past in writing to preserve it for posterity.

Author: Katie Funk Wiebe

Publisher: Herald Press (VA)

ISBN: UVA:X000222130

Category: Autobiography

Page: 175

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Fast Draft Your Memoir

This is your roadmap for completing the memoir you've dreamed about writing.

Author: Rachael Herron

Publisher: HGA Publishing

ISBN: 9781940785424

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

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This is your roadmap for completing the memoir you've dreamed about writing. "Rachael Herron resonates with our audience, and not just because she knows her stuff—she does—or because she's hilarious—she is—but because her honesty and earnestness come through in all her messaging." Samantha Sanders, Writer’s Digest Writing memoir is daunting! You’re the expert on your life, naturally, but narrating and organizing your own experiences in the best way can feel impossible. Many writers become frustrated in early drafting stages and quit after a couple of brief attempts. Learn from bestselling memoirist Rachael Herron (who teaches this class at Stanford Continuing Studies) how to fast-draft your memoir while keeping its structure compelling. Learn how to frame your life’s story and give it a natural arc to keep your reader glued to the page. Figure out how to handle those family and friends you’re writing about. Explore what truth means in memoir. Work quickly to quiet the inner critic. Most of all, learn how to get out of your own way to get the words on the page. You can do this! Rachael will show you how. CLICK BUY NOW!

Life Is a Story

The ultimate how-to guide on writing your life story and leaving a legacy. 'Life is a Story: How to write your memoir' is part of the larger online project at LifeStoryWriting.com.au.

Author: Mark Koehler

Publisher:

ISBN: 064812892X

Category: Autobiography

Page: 352

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The ultimate how-to guide on writing your life story and leaving a legacy. 'Life is a Story: How to write your memoir' is part of the larger online project at LifeStoryWriting.com.au.

Writing Memoir

This book explains how you can develop your writing skills and avoid some of the pitfalls that can be encountered. This is not a quick fix book - it's for those who have a serious desire to write a book and publish it.

Author: Anna Meryt

Publisher:

ISBN: 0957612281

Category:

Page: 146

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Have you got a story you're burning to tell - a true story from your life (that's not your WHOLE life story - memoir is a part of your life). The events you want to write about, did they last weeks, months, or several years? You decide. -Do you think it's a cracking good story? -Read this book to find out how to turn YOUR STORY into a memoir. -Chapters include planning, story-telling, place and time, character, description, voice, dialogue, publishing and marketing. This book explains how you can develop your writing skills and avoid some of the pitfalls that can be encountered. Comments so far: Works really well as a how to manual for someone thinking of taking up writing. Exercises and examples work well - and it's very practical and down to earth. ... a rich listing of resources, from agents to printing, cover design to marketing - all so helpful to new writers and so compendious.

Write Your Life Story in a Year

Are people always saying, 'you should write a book?' This is your chance!

Author: M. V. Frankland

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798695678543

Category:

Page: 116

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Are people always saying, 'you should write a book?' This is your chance! The course structure will ensure completion of your life story in a year, whether it's an autobiography, (your entire life so far,) or a memoir, (a slice or aspect of your life.) You will be not only be supported to develop your writing talent, but editing and submission advice will ensure you're ready for publication. This course has been derived from the classroom and is written by Maria Frankland, a time-served Creative Writing Teacher with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. She is the author of four domestic thrillers, two poetry collections and the #1 Amazon bestselling memoir 'Don't Call me Mum!' Here's what the course contains: Reflecting on your lifePrimary charactersSecondary charactersAtmospheric SettingsHow to use dialogue to bring your writing to lifePlanning your BookScene Planning TechniquesWhat makes a good story opening?Writing with your reader in mind The narrative elements of writingUsing diary entry to tell your storyUsing letters to tell your storyShow, don't tell Don't get stuck, keep your writing momentumPaceTensionPoint of viewVoiceTense Tightening your writingEditing and proofreading your workSetting yourself writing goals/targets Writing a synopsisWriting your cover letterPresenting your manuscriptPerforming your workGetting your work into printYour online author platform - website and bloggingNetworking on and off-lineLiving as a writer Here's what other writers say about 'Write your Life Story in a Year:' "It's always been my dream to write my life story. This course really points you in the right direction." "This is the most rewarding thing I have ever done." "The course is well-paced to fit in with the demands of my working life and other commitments. I'm so glad I found it!" This course can be taken in conjunction with its companion workbook. (The workbook is available in paperback only.) Click 'Look Inside' to start writing your life story. Available in e-book and paperback. Or read for free in Kindle Unlimited.

How to Write Your Life Story

This is a fascinating and practical introduction to writing your memoir, whether intended for yourself, your friends and family, or general publication.

Author: Karen Ulrich

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 0762108134

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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This is a fascinating and practical introduction to writing your memoir, whether intended for yourself, your friends and family, or general publication. This information packed guide leads you from your first steps through the creative process to your final steps.

From Memory to Memoir

Rule #12 is all well and good. But what happens when players in your story —
parents or siblings, for example — claim that you've got it all wrong and insist that
you tell it differently...their way? What happens when they urge you not to write all
 ...

Author: Mark David Gerson

Publisher: MDG Media International

ISBN: 9781950189014

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 202

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Get the Stories of Your Life onto the Page Today! • Share Your Wisdom...naturally, spontaneously and without struggle • Craft Rich, Compelling Stories...regardless of writing experience or perceived ability • Engage, Entertain and Inspire...with eloquence, confidence and ease What you have lived is unique. What you have learned through your years of living is beyond price. And the value of all you share through your words is incalculable. GET THE STORIES OF YOUR LIFE ONTO THE PAGE TODAY! "The writing guide every memoirist has been waiting for!" – Nancy Pogue LaTurner, author of Voluntary Nomads Whoever you are, whatever your experiences, whatever your perceived writing ability, From Memory to Memoir will connect you not only with the stories you remember but with the stories you have forgotten. It will serve up the inspiration guaranteed to get you writing and keep you writing, the tools and techniques guaranteed to help you craft a rich, compelling narrative, and the support guaranteed to sustain you from the initial word of your book’s first draft to the final word of its ultimate draft. "Join me on this adventure of a lifetime...this journey into the experience of your own creativity as, together, we write the stories of your life!"

How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating and Publishing Your Personal Story
Roberta PHD Temes ... A plotis: You bought a book on how to write your memoir,
youwrote some essays, now you understand why you crywhenever you watch a
movie ...

Author: Roberta PHD Temes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781621451525

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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How to Write Your Memoir in 30 Days provides the framework for writers enthusiastic about telling their story, but wondering how to begin. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style. The prospect of writing a book is not daunting when compartmentalized into thirty discrete assignments: Days 1 – 5 include exercises to identify major themes. Days 6 – 10 include exercises about plot. Days 11 – 15 include exercises about personalities. Days 16 – 20 include exercises about experiences. Days 21 – 25 include exercises that analyze responses to events. Days 26 – 30 include exercises that structure the story of the memoir. The book also includes information about publishers and literary agents, as well as information and resources about self-publishing. It also includes quick “clear communication” lessons about spelling and grammar. Perfect for today’s society, where we are all accustomed to celebrating each of life’s passages with a blog post and comfortable sharing our innermost feelings, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the next great memoir.

Memoir Writing For Dummies

Remember the past — put on your research cap and uncover your memories Get over writer's block — find out how to deal with distractions and focus on the task Write your first draft — develop your structure, setting, characters, and ...

Author: Ryan Van Cleave

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118414675

Category: Education

Page: 384

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The fast and easy way to write your memoir Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon, and not just bycelebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, andMemoir Writing For Dummies provides hopeful writers with thetools they need to share their life stories with the world andbecome published authors. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions—along withhelpful tips and advice on how to get published—MemoirWriting For Dummies shows you how to put pen to paper and honethe craft of writing a truly compelling memoir. You'll get adviceon how to explore your memories, map out your story, perfect yourplot, setting, character, and dialogue, and so much more. Includes tips on getting over writer's block Guides you through every step of the writing and editingprocesses Covers the best ways to market a finished memoir Packed with proven tips and writing tricks of the trade,Memoir Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need toensure your life story is never forgotten.

Write Your Life Story

Whether you want to share your story with the public or just your family, this book gives you all you need to create a wonderful gift for future generations.

Author: Steve Alcorn

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153706195X

Category:

Page: 164

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This fun and exciting guide shows you how to write an autobiography or biography that will bring your story to life. It begins by introducing you to all the different forms a life story can take, from journals to blogs to magazine articles to complete memoirs. Then it helps you organize your story into either chronological, thematic or anecdotal form. You'll receive a powerful set of writing tools, and learn how to use story structure, viewpoint, dialogue and settings to make your story clear and vivid. A comprehensive collection of writing prompts helps you collect and organize the events that shaped a life. Finally, you'll learn exactly how to get your book published and into the hands of your readers. Whether you want to share your story with the public or just your family, this book gives you all you need to create a wonderful gift for future generations.

How to Write Your Life Story

Lies About Writing Your Life Story You have to be a famous celebrity. You must have an amazing life. You can't write your life story until you're old and gray. Nobody will read it, so what's the point?

Author: Ralph Fletcher

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062014894

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 100

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Lies About Writing Your Life Story You have to be a famous celebrity. You must have an amazing life. You can't write your life story until you're old and gray. Nobody will read it, so what's the point?

Make Your Mess Your Memoir

The last quarter of the book is a practical guide so that readers can make their own mess into a message-and memoir.

Author: Anna David

Publisher:

ISBN: 1951407229

Category:

Page:

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These days, there's no better business tool than a book. But most people don't know how to write one-or even where to start. Turns out the best place is the messy middle.Anna David knows this more than anyone. When the New York Times bestselling author of seven books got sober and sold a book about her recovery to the biggest publisher in the world, she thought she'd made it. Then she learned the hard way that trying to make a living by selling books to traditional publishers was a cruel joke-and that accepting the unacceptable was no way to live. The publishing industry was ripe for disrupting. But first David had to make a mess and then learn from it.After years of struggle and self-discovery, she ended up not only mentoring and publishing hundreds of bestselling authors but also thriving personally and professionally. Now she's sharing what she's learned-and showing others how to do the same.In this page-turning and useful memoir-meets-manual, David reveals her personal lows (doing cocaine by herself while contemplating suicide), her career lows (a past-his-prime celebrity hurling a phone at her as she wrote his biography) and how her life today wouldn't be possible without those experiences.With deft humor and unique insight, David demonstrates how much early childhood programming can set us up to repeat our own dysfunctional patterns-until we're ready to shift our behavior. The last quarter of the book is a practical guide so that readers can make their own mess into a message-and memoir.

How to Write a Memoir

writing short phrases to connect them. Simple phrases you can use include, “
Another thing that happened was . . .” or “He also said . . .” or “Another time . . .”
After you are done writing, read through your memoir. Are your characters,
settings, ...

Author: Nel Yomtov

Publisher: Cherry Lake

ISBN: 9781624312540

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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This book teaches readers how to plan and write memoirs. They will discover what makes an interesting life story, why details are important to creating an interesting story, and how to organize memories into a compelling narrative. A variety of activities provide hints and tips along the way to support the development of point of view, descriptive detail, logical organization, and the narrative as a whole.

How to Write the Story of Your Life

I have included the techniques that most helped others in writing their life stories,
long or short. Its object ... topics given, and excerpts showing how other memoir
writers have said it, will give you hundreds of ideas for fleshing out your life story.

Author: Frank Thomas

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 0898793599

Category: Reference

Page: 230

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Explains the reasons for writing a memoir, tells how to organize and research the story, and includes tips on refreshing one's memory and polishing the final draft

Writing Your Story for God s Glory

Whether you want to publish your story or write it for yourself, this unique workbook will help you learn the most effective ways to convey your life experiences onto the page.

Author: C S Lakin

Publisher:

ISBN: 0986134759

Category:

Page: 130

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Stories are powerful, and God created humans to be storytellers. Do you feel led to share what you've gone through and the insights you've learned in life? Do you long to tell your story but don't know where to start? Writing Your Story for God's Glory will show you, step by step, all you need to know to tell a powerful and well-written memoir. With pen in hand, you'll mine your memories and begin to put them in a coherent order. Passages from memoirs and writing prompts will help you get your creative juices flowing. Whether you want to publish your story or write it for yourself, this unique workbook will help you learn the most effective ways to convey your life experiences onto the page. Inside, you'll learn these essential aspects to memoir writing: How to identify your unique story as well as the things that make your story universal The many ways memoir can be structured, with examples to help you decide how to lay out your story How to determine a beginning and an ending point Ways to bring your story to life with sensory detail What "voice" is and why it's important to write from the "mature self" How to craft distilled dialogue that is engaging and sounds natural How to protect yourself and others when you write your memoir What theme is and why you need one How to pick an appropriate title for your memoir Writing a memoir is a journey of the heart. Writing Your Story for God's Glory is a light that guides your path, from start to finish.