Have you ever thought about writing your memoirs? You’re not alone.
Many people I talk with want to write their memoirs (if they are over the age of 50) or – if they are in their 30’s, 40’s or 50’s – tell me, often with strong emotion, that they wish their parents or grandparents had written down those precious stories while they still could.
Memoirs – the stories of your life – are a gift that only you can give. If you have even the slightest interest in writing your memoirs, please do. What you know about your life and times is unique to you and your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will thank you for preserving your personal experiences of times they will never know.
When I surveyed people about why they wanted to write their memoirs, four reasons showed up time and time again. The four reasons why people want to write their memoirs are:
- To leave a legacy so future generations will know what my life was like or what our special homestead was like.
- To pass on some life lessons
- To share my story because it could be encouraging to others facing similar life circumstances
- To help me shape and understand my own life.
Do you see yourself in any of these reasons for writing your memoirs?
Writing your memoirs doesn’t have to be difficult. Next time I’ll write about some of the challenges people face in writing memoirs and how to deal with them. For now, I encourage you to sharpen your pencils and start writing. Just one story about your favorite aunt or uncle or…whatever just popped into your mind. You start writing your memoirs by starting….where and what are much less important than just beginning. So begin. And then continue…
Memoir Writing Made Easy
Are you interested in writing your memoir, but don’t know where to start?
Our Memoir Writing Made Easy course is a step-by-step guide to help you generate story ideas and write with a style you can be proud of. Plus you can work at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want! The course is written for non-writers. Topics include: setting yourself up for writing success, writing styles and formats, editing, legal issues, publishing ideas and lots more!
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