Making Meaning of Your Memories

Practical tips and insights to uncover and write about the memories that have shaped your life.

Driving at Night in the Fog: Insights from Anne Lamott getting started memoir mindset memoirs Feb 08, 2024

The hardest part about writing a memoir is getting your first draft done. I know this because I spent about five years tinkering with my first draft. You start with energy and good intentions. You...

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Unlocking the Past: How Writing Prompts Can Deepen Your Memoir getting started memoirs memories writing tips Feb 01, 2024

Writing a memoir is hard work, especially if you're struggling to remember some of the most pivotal moments in your life. If you’re having a hard time accessing key memories and sensory...

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Let Yourself Be a Beginner getting started memoir mindset Jan 17, 2024

I took a beginning drawing class at a local art store at the start of the year. I love the idea of being able to sketch simple scenes, and I’m a sucker for a fresh set of pencils. Our...

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Lies That Sabotage Memoir Writers memoir mindset memoirs Jan 11, 2024

I was sitting at a picnic table, eating food cart pierogies, minding my own business. I wasn’t even thinking about my memoir. Suddenly, a thought intruded out of nowhere: What if people...

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Map Your Memoir Writing Goals for 2024 memoir mindset productivity writing tips Dec 26, 2023

Embarking on the journey of writing your memoir is a courageous and deeply personal endeavor. As we step into the new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on your experiences and commit to...

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Unwrapping Christmas Memories memoirs memories Dec 21, 2023

When I was in college, my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Glen invited me for a fireside dinner in their living room every year at Christmastime. We’d eat by candlelight and listen to a recording of...

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Writing About My Trauma Set Me Free memoirs writing tips Dec 15, 2023

I never planned to write a memoir. Even though I had spent a good part of my career ghostwriting and editing other people’s stories, it never occurred to me that I might one day want to tell...

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You've Finished Your First Draft. Now What? memoirs writing tips Dec 06, 2023

Every November I host a 30-day Memoir Writing Challenge (National Memoir Writing Month—NaMeWriMo) modeled after the longstanding National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). My challenge...

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One First-Draft Mistake that Hurts Your Memoir getting started memoirs writing tips Nov 28, 2023

One mistake I consistently see memoir writers make is being guarded in their first draft. Likely, they're following the commonly accepted advice to "write from your scars, not your...

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How to Incorporate Elements of Fiction into Your Memoir memoirs writing tips Nov 15, 2023

The first time I wrote a memoir, my editor suggested I add more elements of fiction to it. While I had done a good job capturing the facts, it lacked vivid descriptions to draw readers into each...

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6 Crucial Decisions for Crafting Your Memoir getting started memoirs Nov 09, 2023

Writing a memoir is a deeply personal and often cathartic experience. It's an opportunity to share your unique story with the world, to explore your past, and to connect with readers on a profound...

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When Your Memoir Needs a Reboot getting started memoirs productivity Oct 28, 2023

Maya Angelou famously said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Your untold story, your untapped potential, is a fire smoldering within you. If you've let your...

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