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LifeStory Episode 22

Updated: Jun 3


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Blog Host, Marcia Rosen.

Also, Author of 12 books, including My Memoir Workbook, has presented numerous Memoir and Mystery Writing Programs for nearly 20 years.

A Memoir Detective


A good detective needs to be tenacious and patient, look at the truths of a situation, and ask questions that get to the heart of the matter. Exactly what is needed to write a good memoir.  How do you search for clues about your history and their impact on your life? Be your own Memoir Detective.  “My Gangster Father and Me!” by Marcia Rosen


Each of us has our own unique story. Our memories can evoke a wide range of emotions. They can bring a smile and remind us of a time when we were particularly happy. Other memories can bring tears, especially when they are memories of a broken heart.


With some thought, we can also recall experiences that have long impacted on our ideas and ideals. They are the basis of our hopes, distrust and uncertainty. They have contributed to our commitments and distractions. They surely give voice to our dreams and determinations.


This is your history. Be willing to go on an emotional journey that can be both wonderful and painful. Be willing to tell the truth. It is essential you do your very best to be honest and open about your life experiences.


Organize your thoughts into lists such as important dates in your life, work or career; domestic and foreign travel destinations; moments that left you feeling wonderful or sad; milestones in your childhood or family life; and of course, your personal dreams and passions. Make a note of what was fun, what was frightening and what may have stopped you from doing what you really wanted to do in life.

The Writing Process

Remember to write from your voice in the first person. Unlike an autobiography, which is usually written in chronological order, a memoir can begin and end wherever you want, and that best tells your story. Everyone has a story to tell. I encourage you to tell yours. Writing your life story can be an emotional, exciting, moving, and rewarding experience. 

Writing Your Life Story Tips

· Start writing in a journal or notebook

· Make a list of important dates and events in your life

· Make a list of your life experiences

· Jog your memory with photos and mementos

· Gather pertinent information

· Research as many details as possible

· Determine your goals

· Write what inspires you

· Decide if you want to write about a part or all of your life

· Prepare to tell the truth

· Relate to all your life senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste

· Read at least several memoirs

· Don’t let the negative opinions of others deter you

· Keep writing

· Get help editing, proofreading, marketing, and selling your book

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